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Safer Internet Mauritius

The National Computer Board (NCB) was set up in 1988 by the National Board Act (Act No.43) to promote the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Mauritius. It is a para-statal body administered by a Board of Directors and operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications. CERT-MU is the Mauritian National Computer Security Incident Response Centre set up in 2008 and is a division of the National Computer Board.

As prescribed by the National ICT Strategic Plan 2007-2011, a Child Online Safety Action Plan was elaborated by the Child Safety Online Committee in 2009 and endorsed by Government in January 2009. The plan contains 24 projects to be implemented by stakeholders including the National Computer Board, Police, Ministry of Women’s Right, Child Development and Family Welfare, Ministry of Education, Culture and Human Resources, Ministry of ICT and the Internet Management Committee under ICTA. The implementation of activities for Internet Safer Day is a recommendation of the Child Safety Online Action Plan and has been implemented by the CERT-MU, National Computer Board since 2009.

Safer Internet Day 2014

Safer Internet Day (SID) is an international education and awareness-raising effort spanning more than 100 countries around the globe to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.

Safer Internet Day will be celebrated in Mauritius on 13 February 2014.  The theme for the campaign is "Let's create a better internet together".  The day offers the opportunity to focus on both the creative things that children and young people are doing online, as well as the role and responsibility that all stakeholders have in helping to create a better internet.

On the occasion of Safer Internet Day (SID), CERT-MU, a division of the National Computer Board is organising several activities.  The activities are as follows:

  • A half day workshop with theme "Let's create a better internet together" in collaboration with the Ministry of Information Communication and Telecommunication and the Ministry of Education and Human Resources.  The proposed workshop is targeted State and Private secondary school rectors and ICT teachers to sensitise them on the impact of threats and consequences that improper use of the internet may have on the youth.
  • Awareness sessions to be carried out by NCB for State and Private secondary school teachers according to respective zones in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Human Resources during the months of February 2014 onwards.
  • Online Internet Security Quiz (prize winning competition) for State and Private Secondary School Students.

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