The Jesuit Institute has teamed up with the Catholic Institute for Education (CIE) to host a seminar on digital media in the school community. Schools are struggling to come to grips with these new issues and we hope that this seminar will equip them with some strategies on how to deal with them.
The seminar is relevant for all teachers (NOT just IT teachers!), principals and SMTs, parents, therapists, school lawyers, school board members and anyone else interested in safeguarding children.
The seminar will be at the Sierra Hotel in Randburg on the 13-14 September 2018.
Information on some of the speakers:
Emilar Gandhi is Facebook’s public policy manager for the SADC Region. Her current portfolio of policy issues includes safety and security, privacy, internet shutdowns, freedom of expression, regulation and public sector use of social media. Before joining Facebook, Emilar was Africa policy coordinator for the Association for Progressive Communications, where she led ICT public policy issues on the African continent focusing on human rights, technology and internet governance.
Fortune Mgwili-Sibanda is the Public Policy Manager at Google South Africa. He has previously worked for Highway Africa, the Gender and Media Network for Southern Africa (GEMSA) and the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA). His areas of interests include ICTs, new media, chess, football and road running. He is a Rhodes University Alumnus, where he graduated with a Masters Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. Over the past five years, Fortune has lead a government, private sector and civil society public campaign to make cyberspace a safer environment for young Internet users in Africa.
Prof Tanya Robinson has been in forensic private practice for the past twenty years. She is the Chief Operating Officer of Tacmin Rafiki. She has run her own charity foundation for the last fifteen years and is also the proud Ambassador of the Teddy Bear Foundation. She has published nine books on the subject matter relating to child maltreatment and neglect and forensic investigation.
For twenty consecutive years Prof Robinson has been a registered university student. She has obtained degrees in social work, psychology and sociology, education, forensic studies and criminal justice. Prof Robinson did a ground breaking study on reporting false child sexual abuse allegations and graduated with her third doctoral degree in 2015 from the University of Cape Town. In 2016, Dr Robinson was awarded with the 2016 Research Excellence Award for her contribution to society and for her devotion to research. She is currently enrolled at the University of South Africa for a PhD in Criminal Justice exploring the ethical responsibility of expert witnesses in cases concerning violent crimes committed against children. Prof Robinson is a Research Fellow in the College of Law, Department of Police Practice.
Fr Hugh Lagan is a clinical psychologist. He completed his graduate studies in counselling and clinical psychology in Boston and completed a two-year post-doctoral internship at Saint Luke Institute, USA. His research and clinical work focuses on cultural dimensions in the mental health treatment of clergy and religious, as well as sex offender risk assessment.
Fr Hugh will present the multiple opportunities and vulnerabilities of digital technology use by children and youths. The presentation will also address the current risks of child exploitation through everyday social media and technology use. The content will be current, practical and solution-focused.
Prof Justine Limpitlaw is an independent communications law consultant who specialises in broadcasting, media, telecommunications, and space and satellite law. Her broadcasting-related experience includes work for a number of South Africa’s leading broadcasting and service providers -- commercial, public and community. Limpitlaw has extensive experience in broadcasting licensing processes, including digital terrestrial television (DTT) and satellite television service Limpitlaw is also an expert in drafting legislation, regulations and policies for broadcasting -- including codes of conduct for broadcasters and model broadcasting laws -- and has extensive experience in competition, local content, and independent television production matters.
Limpitlaw is the author of two two-volume books published by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the Media Law Handbook for Southern Africa and the Media Law Handbook for Eastern Africa, all of which include extensive analysis of broadcasting and online regulatory environments.
After completing an Honours in Educational Management Anthony Egbers became inspired by the opportunities that technology offers schools, in terms of communication with parents and students, the ability to inspire students, the simplicity of EdTech and how students interact with it and, most importantly, the endless horizons that EdTech offers every child and teacher. As Director of Technology at Dainfern College, he has had the opportunity to run a BYOD programme over the past four years. He is a firm believer in the opportunities that technology provides teachers in terms of personal development and classroom opportunities.
Web Rangers In South Africa, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is responsible for the implementation of the Web Rangers programme. Web Rangers is a digital literacy programme designed to allow young people to gain critical skills and knowledge around online safety that they use to create innovative campaigns that promote safe internet usage and champion their rights in the digital world. The programme is about creating young digital citizens who know how to use the internet responsibly and encourage their peers to do the same.
The Web Rangers’ programme puts the spotlight on young people and recognises them as key players in their safety in the digital world – Which makes it an exciting and unique project lead by young people for young people. It is an initiative that closes the gap between access to the internet and digital literacy, through a coordinated strategy to increase youth awareness and their capabilities when it comes to online safety and digital literacy. The Web Rangers programme, therefore, offers selected South African schools a unique opportunity to become champions of critical digital literacy skills necessary to navigate the complex and dynamic life of the 21st century.