17 February 2015, Johannesburg. The Film and Publication Board (FPB) in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education Ilembe District will host a three day outreach programme that will run from the 17 – 19 February 2015,  targeting 1250 learners and 300 Educators, as part of the roll out of it’s annual Back-2-School campaign. The outreach forms part of the departments Social Ills Campaign, whose slogan, “Be Part of the Change You Want to See,” encourages people to be part of the fight against social ills (drugs and substance abuse, domestic violence, alcohol, and teenage pregnancy) at Stanger High School in KwaDukuza.

On 10 February 2015, the FBP along with the Department of Communications, Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Digital You, Childline SA, Google, Media Monitoring Africa, SaveTNet and UNISA Youth Research Unit, launched its annual Back-2-School campaign.

The theme for the launch and this year’s campaign is “Let’s create a better internet together,” tying into the theme for Safer Internet Day (SID) which is celebrated globally on the 10 February 2015.  100 learners and xxx educators from schools in Gauteng came together and conducted a series of workshops and activities with the partners. The highlight of the day was the Google Hangout where South African learners connected with learners in Senegal, Nigeria and Kenya, sharing ways to be more responsible on the intranet and how they tackle issues of cyber safety.

The campaign will run until 28 February 2015, Like SID, the FPB campaign also seeks to promote safer and more responsible use of online technologies and mobile phones, especially amongst children and youth. The outreach campaign aims to ensure that learners and educators are informed about their choices and the dangers and risks when engaging in online activity and will include presentation on cyber safety as well as learners workshops.

“As an organization, the FPB seeks to protect children from exposure to harmful materials. To achieve this, we raise awareness of the regulatory framework, through programmes and outreach activities such as our Back-2-School Campaign.  In so doing, we ensure that learners, educators, care givers, parents and ultimately South Africans, are sensitized about the risks of the cyber world, but that they are also informed about responsible digital engagement,” says FPB CEO Mr. Themba Wakashe.

The FPB will conduct cyber safety awareness and education campaigns throughout the year, to fulfill its mandate to ensure that children are protected from viewing potentially harmful, disturbing or inappropriate material.

The FPB will to roll out with phase three of the Back-2-School campaign in the Eastern Cape in March 2015.

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About the Film and Publication Board

The Film and Publication Board (FPB) is a public entity established in terms of the Films and Publications Act 65 of 1996, amended in 2009.  The Act as amended establishes the FPB to regulate the creation, production, possession and distribution of certain publications and films by means of classification, the imposition of age restrictions, and giving of consumer advice, and make exploitation use of children in pornographic publications, films or the internet punishable.

Issued by:

Film and Publication Board

Janine Raftopoulos

Manager: Communications and Public Education

T: +27 12 003 1400

C: +27 71 444 3121

E:Janine.raftopoulos@fpb.org.za

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