The Deputy Minister of Communications, Ms. Tandi Mahambehlala (MP), will together with the Film and Publication Board (FPB) engage the community of Uitenhage on safer online usage as part of her Child Protection Week programmeson 02 June 2017.

This year, the FPB will be encouraging learners, parents, guardians and educators to play their part in protecting children by building safer online communities with the theme Stronger Communities, Safer Children”. The theme emphasizes the importance of and value of connected communities in keeping children and young people safe and well.

The campaign aims to provide communities and individuals with practical information on how to ‘Play Your Part’ in protecting children, and also to instill primary prevention of messages into social discourse.  The campaign will also provide a platform for communities to be empowered, resourced and mobilised to take action at a local level, as is the take of Mr MmberegeniDzebu, FPB’s Acting Chief Executive Officer.

Research has shown that digital streams of media distribution and consumption are gaining popularity in South Africa.  Internet access is itself a driver of these trends which is also available through mobile devices including smart phones.

ENDS

Enquiries:

Ms. Manala Botolo (FPB-Communications)

082 860 6748 

Mr. Chrispin Phiri

Media and Parliamentary Liaison Officer

In the Office of the Deputy Minister

083 220 9691

Twitter: @MahambehlalaT

Facebook Page: TandiMahambehlala

Notes to the editor

 The objective of the Films and Publications Act of 1996 is to regulate the creation, production, possession and distribution of films, games and certain publications, and more recently certain online content. This is done to provide consumer advice to enable adults to make informed viewing, reading and gaming choices for themselves and children in their care; to protect children from exposure to disturbing and harmful material and from premature exposure to adult experiences, and to make the use of children in, and the exposure of children to pornography, punishable.

Paramount to the mandate of the FPB is the protection of children. Protecting children under the Act is a proportional balancing of the rights afforded in the South African Constitution and Bill of Rights against the right of the child. The protection of children as enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights includes physical, mental, emotional, spiritual or moral harm to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation. It further ensures that children’s best interests are of paramount importance in every matter concerning a child.

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