We are inviting all top coders, web-based animators and graphic artists in every part of Ghana to take on the grand challenge of developing an exciting animation to educate Ghanaian children and young people on how to be safe online.
The need to encourage children and young people to use the Internet wisely.
It started with inappropriate content, to Cybercrime; and now everyone is talking about fake news. Our ability to build children and young people’s resilience now to decipher good content from bad content: what to share and what not to share; what to click or not constitutes the responsible use of the Internet. Our understanding of children and young people’s use of the Internet does not only border on identifying the potential dangers they may encounter but their character formation in general in the digital space. A poll conducted in 25 countries by UNICEF with 18 year olds indicated that more than 80% of them receive one form of harassment of another while online.
Online practices are strongly linked with the acquisition of digital skills, and these in turn enable children to benefit from online opportunities and to manage or reduce the associated risks of Internet use. Skills and literacies, while much valued by educators and policymakers, are nonetheless difficult to ask children to report on, as skills are often tacit and taken for granted.
The online safety and protection landscape has evolved over recent years from a focus on creating a ‘safer’ Internet to creating a ‘better’ Internet. Whether we are children or young people, parents and carers, educators and social workers, or indeed industry, law enforcement and research fraternity decision makers or politicians, we can all be the change and unite for a better Internet.
The call to champion a better Internet is one which is overdue. This year’s Safer Internet Day theme aims to encourage all the players in the Web to be the change and make the most of the positive opportunities offered online, while giving them the resilience, skills, knowledge and support they need to navigate any online risks they may come across.
Let’s Unite for a Better Internet.
Making the Internet safer is everyone’s responsibility. We need your support to protect children and young people online. We need you to spread the news. Join us on February 7, 2017 to create the much-needed awareness for a Safer Internet.
We All Have A Role to Play.
- Children and Young People
- Law Enforcement
- Teachers or Educators
- Parents, Guardians and Carers
- Social Protection Agencies
- Civil Society
- Academia/Research Fraternity
Apply to Compete in the Hackathon.
The celebration in Ghana includes a Hackathon organised to develop an animated tutorial to educate children and young people on the safe and responsible use of the Internet. There will be a lot of networking to do, a lot to eat and drink; and lots of prizes to be won at the hackathon session.
What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is a social coding event that brings computer programmers and other interested people together to improve upon or build a new software program.
What is the purpose of the SID 2017 Ghana hackathon?
This hackathon is being organized to develop a web based Internet safety tutorial for children and young people in Ghana.
Who can participate?
Web developers and graphic artists in Ghana who are passionate about their craft and are willing to work on a cutting edge project, to hone their skills and win exciting awards.
What if I don’t know how to code?
If you don’t know how to code but can use graphic design tools to create cool graphics and animation characters, you are welcome to join us.
What should l bring?
If you are a coder you could bring along a friend who can create exciting computer animation characters and design cool graphics. If you are a graphics designer, you could bring along a friend who can write awesome code. If you don’t have a team mate to bring along, you can come alone; we’ll find you an awesome team mate. You can also bring along your portfolio of work on a pen drive, smartphone, tablet or notebook.
What can I build?
We have a cool project for you to work on. We will give you all the details during the Q&A session.
What does it cost to be part of this Hackathon?
It costs nothing to participate in the hackathon. If you are shortlisted we will provide refreshments, lunch, and free WIFI during the demo presentation and final presentation sessions. All finalists will take home an exciting hi-tech prize.
Will the event continue for 36 straight hours?
No. The 36 hours will be spread over 3 days between mid-January and early February 2017.
What is the prize/award package?
Members of first place team will take home a notebook computer each, members of second place team will take home a 10.1 inch tablet each, third place winners will each take home a smart phone each and other goodies.
Are there any other incentives?
The work of all the three teams that make it to the final will be showcased on the Ghana SID event website complete with full professional profiles of winners.
Background of Safer Internet Day Celebrations in Ghana
J Initiative has been championing the annual celebration of Safer Internet Day (SID) for two consecutive years with support from key partners and collaborators such as; National Communications Authority, CERT-GH, Facebook UK, Infoboxx,TV3, Starr FM, Surfline, Ghana Education Service, Aquartork, among others. The SID celebration is an annual global campaign set aside to raise awareness regarding the safe and responsible use of the Internet. Activities to mark the celebration in Ghana are currently focused on awareness creation alongside stakeholder engagement to gain the commitment and support of all the key players in the Internet space. We believe that the multiple stakeholders responsible for children’s positive and safe use of the Internet (governments and private sector alike) need to work hand in hand to overcome challenges related to policy coordination and its implementation.
The well-being of children as far as the online environment is concerned must be paramount to every society. Access to digital tools, digital skills together with the associated risks and opportunities are all part of the overall picture of children’s well-being and rights in the digital age and should all, therefore, be kept in mind when developing policy interventions. Furthermore, children are not a homogenous group and their Internet use, opportunities and risks are closely linked to their age, level of digital skills, places of access (school or home), devices they use and support they receive. It is important therefore to differentiate policy goals based on these differences and real life situations. Policy must also pay special attention to those who may be of greater vulnerability, such as indigenous or ethnic minority children, children in poor or rural settings or young people living with disability.
Access to digital tools is also high on the global agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020. It is worth noting, however, that while it provides many opportunities for learning, recreation and socialization the Internet and related new technologies, also increase the risks for abuse and exploitation of children. It is against this background that J Initiative and collaborators find the Safer Internet Day celebration relevant.
Highlights of previous events in Ghana and other activities for 2017
In 2015/16, the celebration focused on stakeholders playing their parts for a better Internet and we can say that there have been some critical actions by three key ministries in Ghana (Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social protection and the Ministry of Communications) among others so far playing their parts in one way or the other. Child online protection is currently receiving a lot more needed attention and we will keep reminding all stakeholders of their roles and responsibilities in achieving the needed result for children and young people of Ghana and beyond.
In 2017, the celebration is calling on stakeholders to unite for a better Internet because multi-stakeholder approach is the only proven model to achieving the needed results.
Activities taking place for Safer Internet Day, 2017 include the following:
Join us on February 7, by volunteering to endorse the call, route matches, radio and TV discussions and many more.
#copghana social media campaign calling on people to use the power of digital badges to help create the awareness for making the Internet a more positive place.
Launch of animation video for children and young people’s responsible Internet use.
Join the social media campaign
Get involved in our Safer Internet Day social media campaign and our #copghana campaign. Unite for a better Internet! Share on social media using #SID2017 and @JinitiativeGh.
Share our digital badge to show your support with the hashtags: #copghana #SID2017
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