Nepal Safer Internet Day Committee - ChildSafeNet
Last updated: 2020-12-08
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 the District Administration Office, Social Welfare Council and PAN in June 2018. Since its establishment, ChildSafeNet has dedicated its time and efforts to raising awareness on safe use of the internet and digital devices, in order to protect children and young people from internet addiction, online sexual abuse and exploitation, cyberbullying, phishing, gaming addiction and other online harms. ChildSafeNet is dedicated to promoting digital literacy through various activities and different platforms.
ChildSafeNet works with children, young people, parents, schools, the government, the media, the private sector and civil society organisations. In this digital age, information and communication technology is advancing tremendously. Along with fast progress, this revolution brings numerous adversities and dangers, which can affect children and young people’s mental and cognitive development 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 activities initiated and conducted by ChildSafeNet can be segmented into four categories; research, capacity building, awareness raising, and advocacy.
What we are doing to support the SID 2021 slogan of "Together for a better internet"…
Due to the situation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, all of the plans ChildSafeNet has made for SID 2021 will be conducted virtually.
- Awareness-raising videos produced in collaboration with a popular YouTube channel in Nepal that makes videos on pertinent topics of social discourse. The videos will be made as a part of Paradygm TV’s “We Asked” series, and will be mainly focused on the topic of online child sexual abuse and exploitation.
- Annual newsletter – ChildSafeNet plans to launch an annual newsletter beginning in 2021, outlining the activities planned for SID 2021, and recapping the organisation’s major activities and achievements of the previous year.
- An appeal video made with a diverse group of stakeholders, pledging to make the internet a safer place for children and young people, will be made and posted on SID 2021. The video is intended to showcase the collaborative effort needed for the protection of children and young people online.
- Info-series videos – a series of short, informational videos will be posted in the week running up to SID 2021. The videos will include simple tips different stakeholder groups can follow in order to make the internet safer for themselves, and for others.
- Workshop/panel discussion with influencers, social activists, journalists and organisations.
- Workshop/panel discussion with parents and children, aimed at understanding the views of parents and children, and the roles they play in ensuring online safety.
- Workshop/panel discussion with young people, aimed at understanding the perceptions of young people towards online based violence and young people’s ability to effectively exercise their digital rights.
- Online training – a set of e-learning modules for school children have been prepared, and the online training sessions will commence in January 2021.
- Running up to SID 2021, a short video competition will be launched from mid-January until SID on 9 February. The video competition is aimed at eliciting community involvement and dedication to SID’s slogan of “Together for a better internet”, wishing to promote and highlight positive uses of the internet that can bring us all together.
- ChildSafeNet has planned a series of press releases starting from January (a month before SID) until 10 February (the day after SID) to raise awareness of SID and the activities which ChildSafeNet and its partners plan to commemorate.
- Social media posts specifically tailored towards promoting SID and all the activities planned by ChildSafeNet will begin rolling out from the beginning of January 2021.
ChildSafeNet is a non-governmental organisation, dedicated to making digital technology safer for children and young people (up to 24 years of age). We work to raise awareness on cyber safety and to promote digital literacy, in order to protect children and young people from internet addiction, online sexual abuse and exploitation, cyberbullying, phishing, gaming addiction and other online threats.
ChildSafeNet is the Nepal country coordinator of Safer Internet Day (SID). We are also the Nepal country curator of the global cyber safety awareness campaign STOP.THINK.CONNECT. ChildSafeNet is a global network member of ECPAT International and a CSO member of the WePROTECT Global Alliance. ChildSafeNet is a member of Netsafe, End Violence Against Children and Global Research Advisory Group of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI).
ChildSafeNet is a portal partner of the Internet Watch Foundation reporting portal to eliminate online child sexual abuse images and videos. ChildSafeNet is also works with the International Justice Mission and Justice Ventures International.
- Vision: A 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 the protection of children and young people, making their use of technology safer. We work with children, youth, families, the government, police, the media, private sector duty-bearers and other partners.
- Strategy: Advocacy, Awareness, Capacity Building and Partnership.
In achieving this, we:
- Advocate with 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 companies.
- 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, parent associations, teachers, ISPs, media, I/NGOs, UN agencies and other likeminded individuals and organisations.
- Research: ChildSafeNet conducts research studies to understand the behaviour of children and young people, their vulnerability, awareness levels as well as the magnitude of the problem affecting them from harmful uses of digital technology.
ChildSafeNet conducted a research study on children and young people's online behaviours, what risks they face, and their level of cyber safety awareness in 2019. The research report is being finalised and will be released soon.
ChildSafeNet started a thematic research study on live streaming sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people in late 2019, which is expected to be completed in 2020.
ChildSafeNet, in collaboration with UNICEF Nepal, conducted an online survey in April 2020 on the protection of children and young people online in the context of the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey report is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
As a part of this joint initiative with UNICEF Nepal, ChildSafeNet has also developed a white paper on child online protection, four technical toolkits for police, lawyers, psychosocial service providers and parents, and a cyber safety booklet intended for the general public. In the coming years, ChildSafeNet plans to conduct a number of thematic research studies on cyber safety in Nepal (addressing subjects such as internet and gaming addiction, cyberbullying, cyber grooming, children's exposure to pornographic sites, and so on).
- Capacity Building (Training): ChildSafeNet regularly conducts cyber safety training for children, young people, parents and teachers. Most of these training sessions are conducted in schools and colleges. ChildSafeNet has 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 include, 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. The trainers developed through ToTs, are further coached and mentored to enhance their technical knowledge on cyber safety and their 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 developed the CyberSmart School Initiative to conduct structured cyber safety training sessions, and to provide technical support to promote cyber safety in schools. The initiative was piloted in select schools in Kathmandu valley in 2019, and aims to develop synergy among participating school managements, students and parents to promote safer use of the internet, and to put cyber safety mechanisms in place in these schools.
Since schools across Nepal have been forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ChildSafeNet has developed a set of e-learning modules for school children that can be delivered online through video conferencing platforms. ChildSafeNet plans to begin conducting e-learning sessions with schools from January 2021.
- Awareness raising: We use innovative and creative approaches for the 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 made to cater each target group’s specific needs and tastes.
Since the majority of people in Nepal use the internet on mobile devices, we extensively use digital and social media to reach children, young people and their parents. ChildSafeNet raises awareness on cyber safety through its website, social media pages and YouTube channel.
We also work directly with children and young people in schools, colleges and communities. We are developing child and youth focused programmes in consultation and collaboration with these groups. Likewise, we are working with parents, teachers and other duty-bearers to make technology safer.
- 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 stakeholders. Therefore, ChildSafeNet works to make them aware of the gravity of the issue regarding harmful uses of digital technologies, such as, online sexual abuse/exploitation, cyberbullying, phishing, sextortion, internet addiction and child sexual abuse/exploitation materials (often incorrectly referred to as “child pornography”).
ChildSafeNet advocates with the government, police, media, civil society organisations and the private sector, to push for cyber safety to be taken more seriously, and to remind these stakeholder groups of their responsibility to make the internet safer for children and young people. We urge duty-bearers to allocate adequate financial and human resources towards developing and implementing effective mechanisms to protect children and young people online. ChildSafeNet uses its knowledgebase, evidence from cases, as well as research findings, to explain the trends, and magnitude of the issue related to internet safety in Nepal.