The internet: A blessing and a dangerous curse

Date:

Thursday,8 September 2011

Time:

5:00pm

Venue:

Nu Metro Cinema, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Cost:

FREE

RSVP:

By 26 August 2011 to ct@bwasa.co.za or 021 671 6118

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The internet: a blessing and a dangerous curse. Government supports moves to protect children from internet sex and bullying threats.

The internet has changed the way we work, shop, live, connect and play. In many ways, this change is positive, but the internet also hides many dangers. Children, with their natural innocence, are especially vulnerable to these dangers. Sexual predators, paedophiles and sex offenders are known to use the internet to find their victims, stalk them, groom them, and to abuse them online and in person.

You may think it will never happen to you, but are you sure you are doing everything you can to protect your child? Do you know what you can do to keep them safe?

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The South African government is also aware of the many risks presented by the internet. The Film and Publications Board and the department of Home Affairs, in partnership with the Businesswomen’s Association, is launching a stakeholder engagement programme designed to address this issue that affects families everywhere. At the event, scheduled for on 8 September, the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Fatima Chohan, will deliver a key-note address on how you can protect your children, raise awareness of the dangers of the internet, and to form a social partnership to address some of the challenges of our society.

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The event will include a screening of Trust, a movie that tells the brutal tale of a young victim whose life was devastated by a cyber-criminal and sexual predator. The film was launched in commemoration of Youth Day this year. Trust highlights the need for each and every adult to be vigilant of the dangers that lurk in cyber-world, which could affect their child or family member.

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This event will ensure that all women from all walks of life have an opportunity to watch this movie, to enable them to reflect on this reality from their own experience. Milicent Tingwe, member of the Provincial Legislature explains more: “These are issues that directly affect every woman and every child in today’s world, regardless of colour, creed, and social or economic standing. We want to encourage as many women as possible to attend, and to tell their friends and families.”

The BWA is the largest and most prominent association of business and professional women in South Africa, and the voice of women in business. With their profile, there was a natural, strategic alignment with the aims of the stakeholder engagement programme.

PLEASE forward this invitation on to your networks!


Contact Details

Branch Coordinator: Cheryl Steyn
Phone: 0861 BWA CPT
Cell: 084 468 8302
Fax: 086 614 3060
Email: ct@bwasa.co.za

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