Safer Internet Day 2019 celebrations in Nepal
- ChildSafeNet, the Nepalese Safer Internet Day Committee
Safer Internet Day was celebrated for the first time in Nepal on Tuesday, 5 February 2019. ChildSafeNet organised an event to mark the day at Labim Mall, Lalitpur, with the slogan "Together for a better internet". The entertaining and informative event was organised to promote safer use of the internet and to raise awareness on online safety among children and young people.
ChildSafeNet, a specialised organisation working to protect children and young people online, is the focal organisation for Safer Internet Day in Nepal.
Red Circle Creative Solutions organised an unplugged music programme where young artists performed catchy songs. Singer-composer Parit Shrestha and emerging singer Sushant Ghimire entertained the young crowd, backed by guitarists Kalind Sapkota and Ritik Shrestha.
CWIN, one of the leading child rights organisation in Nepal, participated in the event by setting up a stall to promote toll-free Child Helpline (1098). Likewise, Digital Broadcast Initiative – Equal Access Nepal recorded the event and interviewed participants for its flagship radio programme, "Sathi Sanga Manka Kura", a very popular radio programme among adolescents.
Besides, young people shared their thoughts on safer use of digital technologies. They also participated in debates on burning issues, such as the recently imposed ban on porn sites by the Government of Nepal.
Labim Mall, the most fashionable and trendy shopping mall of Nepal, collaborated with ChildSafeNet as the venue partner and provided the space and facilities for the event as a part of their corporate social responsibility.
ChildSafeNet has also set up a stall at the Computer Association of Nepal (CAN) Info-Tech 2019 to promote a safer internet for children and young people, as part of the celebrations for Safer Internet Day 2019 in Nepal. The biggest IT event of Nepal took place from 29 January to 3 February 2019 in Kathmandu.
At the Info-Tech, ChildSafeNet also conducted a paperless survey on social media usage, in collaboration with Digital Broadcast Initiative - Equal Access. The survey was conducted by ChildSafeNet volunteers, using ten tablet computers. Moreover, ChildSafeNet reached directly more than 50,000 people with online safety messages.
ChildSafeNet was very excited to collaborate with other stakeholders for the celebration of the Safer Internet Day 2019, as the focal organisation in Nepal, and wishes to extend its sincere thanks to all supporters, collaborators, partners, volunteers and team members.
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally each February to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation on this issue.
Safer Internet Day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider audience, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Join us in promoting safer internet for children and young people. Get involved to play your part!
For more information about the activities of ChildSafeNet, visit its website, including SID-focused articles "Safer Internet Day 2019 Celebration in Nepal" and "Safer Internet Day 2019 at the biggest IT expo in Nepal", as well as its Safer Internet Day Committee page.
For general information about Safer Internet Day, visit saferinternetday.org.
- BIK Team
On Tuesday, 5 February 2019, the Safer Internet Day campaign turned 16 – and what a great day it was! Under the unifying slogan of "Together for a better internet", we called upon all stakeholders to join forces and bring their contribution to making the internet a safer and better place for all – especially for children and young people.
- BIK Team
If it's the second day of the second week of the second month of the year, it means it's Safer Internet Day! Today, over 140 countries across the globe celebrate it in their own way, under the unifying slogan of "Together for a better internet", calling on all stakeholders to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, in particular for children and young people.