Namibia Safer Internet Day Committee - Child Online Protection Taskforce
About our SID activities
Namibia has been celebrating Safer Internet Day (SID) since 2018. For the past two years, the day was celebrated in the capital city, Windhoek, Namibia. This year, Safer Internet Day will be celebrated in Keetmanshoop, !Karas Region, targeting up to 200 children, parents/caregivers, educators and social workers. High level representation is expected at the event. The Deputy Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare will deliver remarks while the Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology will deliver the keynote address. UNICEF and the Regional Mayor are among the speakers at the event. Parents/caregivers, teachers and social workers will join children in a panel discussion on cyberbullying moderated by the Internet Society Namibia Chapter.
The celebration will be preceded by media engagement and talk shows to raise awareness on child online protection and cyberbullying in line with the theme "Together for a better internet".
What we are doing to support the SID 2020 slogan of "Together for a better internet"…
Namibia's work on child online safety reflects the motto of SID 2020 "Together for a better internet" since we aim to include as many stakeholders as possible in our efforts for a better internet countrywide. The projects in Namibia are a mix of prevention and response, and follow the model of the WePROTECT Global Alliance National Response, which addresses child online safety on the level of policy and governance, criminal justice, victim support, societal and industry engagement, and media.
The agency of children in internet access and usage is crucial to the various projects Namibia is undertaking. While stressing the many benefits of digital literacy, for example through the increased use of ICT in education, children need to understand the modus operandi of internet use, to ensure they can address upcoming risks and dangers, and avoid harm. Strengthening children's risk management skills when it comes to the internet and ensuring service providers can respond adequately to online violence, are crucial aspects of the Child Online Safety Project. At the same time, we further see the necessity of engaging parents, caretakers and teachers into the discourse on child online safety since they are the ones to guide their kids and learners on how to stay safe in the online environment.
While many projects aim at building national capacity, Namibia is acknowledging the importance of transnational collaboration, in particular when it comes to the criminal justice sector and works towards connecting Namibia with the world to combat online child sexual abuse and exploitation.
Safer Internet Day (SID) 2020 is organised by the Child Online Protection (COP) Taskforce in Namibia. The COP Taskforce was established in 2017 under the leadership of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare. It brings together government ministries, civil society organisations, development partners and the private sector to coordinate the prevention and response to online child abuse and exploitation.
The COP Taskforce comprises of:
- Governmental agencies: Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology,
- Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Office of the Prosecutor General, Namibian Police Force, Office of the First Lady, National
- Forensic Science Institute, Office of the Ombudsman
- Civil society organisations/academia: LifeLine/ChildLine, Legal Assistance Centre, Internet Society Namibia Chapter, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST)
- Industry: Communication Regulatory Authority Namibia, Telecom
- Development partners: UNICEF