Internet Child Safety Foundation

About us

Internet Child Safety Foundation is a coalition of organisations, national & regional, that is working to ensure a safer Internet. ICSF is promoting a society of responsible and alert Internet users.

The Foundation aims at supporting parental education, encouraging positive content for children and encouraging safe surfing.

ICSF seeks to show parents how to take control of the Internet so that they feel confident about their children going online and be sure that Internet use is a positive experience.

The year 2001 witnessed the creation of Internet Child Safety Foundation (ICSF), a subsidiary organ of Halley Movement. Of key concern to both organizations was the issue of children’s well being while they are surfing the Internet. The Foundation was born at an event gathering around sixty stakeholders comprising government and corporate sectors in Port Louis and had H.E. Mr Cassam Uteem, the then President of the Republic as its chief guest.

In 2007 a Research Study was carried out on the ‘Impact of Internet on young people & Children’. The recommendations of the report have been acknowledged by the cabinet in Mauritius in 2009 and this lead to the setting up of a national committee of child safety online. Halley Movement is a member of that committee.

The Report has been used to devise new ways of reaching out to children and to understand the trend that should be adopted in child protection.

ICSF
ICSF Work
ICSF conducts various programs which aim at supporting parental education and encouraging positive content for children. Sensitisation materials have been produced such as posters and leaflets to be distributed, freely, to children and young persons on what precautions they should take while surfing the internet and how and where to report shocking experience they had.

The end result is to promote and educate young internet users that whilst Internet is a useful tool, they should be careful and use it wisely.

  • Talked to students in schools, colleges and universities.
  • Seminars to sensitise ICT stakeholders and the population about ‘Child safety on Internet’.
  • Training of ‘cyber-guides’
  • Awareness creation and reaching thousands of parents and children yearly during ‘Infotech’ event.
  • Providing safety tips to employees of the corporate sector during forums and assisting partner organisations in training their ‘Mentors’ and young entrepreneurs on the Internet safety component.
  • Research work.
  • Publication of educational materials on an ongoing basis.
  • Internet Safer Day.
  • Workshops in both rural and urban areas, targeting children and parents. The campaign is supported by pamphlets, brochures, posters, postcards, and stickers.

Events

ICSF has a team of “Cyber Guides” who are technically trained to help children and adult Internet users to stay safe. During training and awareness sessions organised by the Foundation, the cyber guides show to the audiences how through the use of technical tool they can secure their computers and be safe online.

The cyber guides also provide practical tips and guidance, show to parents what to watch out and the dangers related to chat, health and the online experience. The Cyber guides plays a crucial role in helping to raise Internet safety awareness. The team run training sessions across the country to educate youth, parents and the communities about the dangers of the cyberspace, help to build awareness on the issue and inform the users how to report offensive materials to the organisation.

Join us
The Foundation is committed to being helpful when you need help the most. We all use the digital technology in everyday life. This can be browsing webpages, email, sending text or MMS, social media, chat rooms, or online forum. As user of technology we come across different content. While some are fun and informative, others might be difficult and have offensive content.

ICSF provides a platform for users to report and flag those content. Through our Helpline we give you the opportunity to speak, chat or email your concern in all confidentiality.

Reporting

In 2007 a Research Study was carried out on the ‘Impact of Internet on young people & Children’. The recommendations of the report was acknowledged by the cabinet in Mauritius in 2009 and this has lead to the setting up of a national committee of child safety online. Halley Movement is a member of that committee.

The Report has been used to devise new ways of reaching out to children and to understand the trend that should be adopted in child protection.

The global internet offers new opportunities for children and families to research their homework online, communicate at international level, and build personal websites to share their creativity with others. However, while the technology offers unparalleled opportunities for children and adults to learn, it has also an immeasurable impact on the sexual exploitation of children and other abuses, such as child pornography, cyberbullying, grooming and paedophilia. According to the Internet Child Safety Foundation Survey – “Impact of Internet on Children” conducted in September 2007 in Mauritius, it had been found that less than 10% of parents monitor the websites visited by their children. The implementation of the Action Plan would, therefore, help consolidate measures taken to combat child abuse online.


Cabinet Decisions taken on 30 January 2009.
Prime Minister’s Office, Mauritius

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