Nepal Safer Internet Day Committee - ChildSafeNet
About our SID activities
ChildSafeNet is a non-governmental organisation, established on 20 November 2017 with a mission to make digital technology safer for children and young people. It was officially registered in District Administration Office, Social Welfare Council and PAN in June 2018. Since its establishment, ChildSafeNet has dedicated its time and efforts to raise awareness on the safe use of the internet and digital devices. This is to protect children and young people from internet addiction, online sexual abuse and exploitation, cyber-bullying, phishing and gaming addiction. ChildSafeNet is dedicated to promoting digital literacy through various activities and on different platforms.
ChildSafeNet works in promoting safer internet use for children and young people. ChildSafeNet works with children, young people, parents, schools, the government, the media, within the private sector and with civil society organisations. In this digital age, information and communication technology is advancing tremendously. Along with fast progress, this revolution brings with it numerous adversities and dangers which can affect a child's mental and cognitive development, humiliate them and lower their self esteem.
Children, young people, parents, teachers and governments need to take cyber safety seriously and fulfil their responsibilities in making the internet a safer place. All the activities initiated and conducted by ChildSafeNet can be segmented into three categories; awareness raising, training and research.
What we are doing to support the SID 2020 slogan of "Together for a better internet"…
Planned actions for SID 2020 include:
- Cyber safety training of trainers 4-day course (23-26 January 2020).
- Cyber safety training sessions in schools, colleges, child/youth clubs.
- Awareness raising in the national CAN Info-Tech, organised by Computer Association of Nepal.
- SID public event on 11 February 2020 with fun and informative activities (music, quiz, debates, stand-up comedy, drama, games, etc).
- Cyber safety awareness activities in schools and colleges.
- Raise awareness on reporting portal to report online child sexual abuse/exploitation materials.
- Launch a research report on children and young people's behaviour and risks for them online.
- Conduct a research on livestreaming of online child sexual abuse/exploitation.
- Multimedia cyber safety awareness raising (using video PSAs, social media posts, TV, radio and print media).
- Conduct parenting in the digital age workshops
ChildSafeNet is a non-governmental organisation, dedicated to make the digital technology safer for children and young people (up to 24 years of age). We work to raise awareness on safer use of the internet and digital devices to protect them from internet addiction, online sexual abuse and exploitation, cyber-bullying, phishing, gaming addiction and to promote digital literacy. Our team is composed of child protection specialists with extensive national and international experience and expertise on cyber safety.
ChildSafeNet is the Nepal country coordinator of Safer Internet Day. We are also the Nepal country curator of the global cyber safety awareness campaign STOP.THINK.CONNECT.
- Vision: Safer internet for children and young people.
- Philosophy: Together, we can and will make the internet safer for children and young people.
- Approach: Partnership, synergy and sharing of technical and financial resources for protection of children and young people, making their use of technology safer. We work with children, youth, families, government, police, media, private sector duty-bearers and other partners.
- Strategy: Advocacy, awareness, capacity building and partnership.
In achieving this, we:
- Advocate with the duty-bearers on making children's use of technology safer.
- Raise social awareness of parents, teachers, children's caregivers, children, youth, social workers, police, lawyers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and media.
- Train groups of child and youth digital leaders to raise awareness on cyber safety and provide support to children and young people.
- Partner with schools, child/youth clubs, parents' associations, teachers, ISPs, media, I/NGOs, UN agencies and other likeminded individuals and organisations.
Our programme areas include:
- Research: ChildSafeNet conducts research studies to understand behaviour of children and young people, their vulnerability, awareness level as well as the magnitude of the problem affecting them from the harmful use of the digital technology. In 2018, ChildSafeNet conducted a research on children and young people's online behaviour, risks for them and cyber safety awareness. The research report is being finalised and will be released soon.
ChildSafeNet started a thematic research on live streaming of sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people in August 2019, which was completed by December 2019.
We will be conducting a number of thematic research studies on cyber safety in Nepal (internet and gaming addiction; cyber bullying; cyber grooming; children's exposure to pornographic sites, etc.).
- Training: ChildSafeNet regularly conducts cyber safety training for children, young people and parents/teachers. Most of such training sessions are conducted in schools and colleges. ChildSafeNet developed three interactive and engaging training modules, tailored to suit different types of beneficiaries - children, young people and parents/teachers. Innovative methods are used to make the training sessions interesting and easy to comprehend, which includes quizzes, videos and discussions.
In order to expand the training programme, ChildSafeNet conducts extensive training of trainers (ToTs) for developing highly-qualified trainers on cyber safety for children and young people. Besides, the trainers developed through ToTs, are further coached and mentored to enhance their technical knowledge on cyber safety and training skills.
ChildSafeNet also conducts parenting in the digital age training workshops to equip parents with the knowledge and skills required to make the internet safer for their children.
We have also developed a CyberSmart School Initiative to conduct structured cyber safety training sessions and to provide technical support to promote cyber safety in schools. The initiative, being piloted in select schools of Kathmandu valley in 2019, aims to develop synergy among the participating school managements, students and parents to promote safer use of the internet and to put the cyber safe mechanisms in place.
- Awareness raising: We use innovative and creative approaches for protection of children and young people in the digital age. In order to reach focused beneficiary groups, we produce and disseminate awareness and advocacy videos, motion graphics, radio programmes, animations and publications, which are tailor-made to cater to their specific needs and tastes.
- Advocacy: In Nepal, the importance of cyber safety for children and young people has not been well understood by the policy makers, law enforcement agencies and other stake holders. Furthermore, the gravity of harmful use of the digital technology, such as, online sexual abuse/exploitation, cyber bullying, phishing, sextortion, internet addiction and children's sexual abuse/exploitation materials (commonly referred to incorrectly as "child pornography").
ChildSafeNet advocates with the government, police, media, civil society organisations and private sector to take cyber safety seriously and reminding them about their responsibilities to make the internet safer for children and young people. We are urging the duty bearers to allocate adequate financial and human resources, as well as develop and implement effective mechanisms to protect children and young people online.
ChildSafeNet uses its knowledge base and evidence from cases, as well as research findings, to explain the trends, magnitude and gravity of the issue.