The Film and Publication Board (FPB) is aware of the furore around an online game called Rape Day. We are unable to comment on the content of this game as it has not been submitted to us for classification, and it is our understanding that this game has not been launched here in South Africa or anywhere in the world due to public outcry.
Any content that has the potential to harm the public or specific groups in society is a matter of concern for the FPB. We urge the public, and especially care givers of children, to remain vigilant about the content to which children are exposed.
The Acting Chief Executive Officer of the FPB, Dr Maria Motebang warns: “It is also a major concern that content such as that purported to be represented in the Rape Day game has immense potential to further destabilise social cohesion in South Africa in the context of already escalating instances of gender-based violence and cyber misogyny”.
As the primary focus of the Films and Publications Act of South Africa is to protect children from harmful content, we urge parents, caregivers and the public at large to take note of the following tips:
- Download Applications “Apps” on your device. These Apps monitor your child’s online activities and can be set to:
- o Alert you when your child logs on to an App.
o Allow you to set limits of how much time they can spend online using their devices.
o Alerts you when the child tries to download an App.
o Allows you to grant permission for your child to download an App.
- Always supervise your children when they are online and get to know the games they play or videos they access on platforms such as YouTube.
- Be aware that the internet does not only offer fun activities, there are also criminal activities.
- Teach children not to share personal information and to ensure their privacy setting are always on.
- Assist them to identify activities or people that make them feel uncomfortable and to report such activities immediately to their parents.
- Teach children to block any person who bullies them and to report to an adult.
- Ensure that the devices they have access to are restricted to age suitable content.
- Many social networks require users to be 13 years or older. If your children have social media accounts, ensure that you check their privacy settings and who they interact with.