Internet Child Safety Foundation (ICSF) embarked on a National Arts Contest on the theme ‘Protecting children from Internet dangers’, in 2009 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The competition was open to children in Mauritius who falls under three age categories 9 – 12 years; 13 – 15 years and 16 – 18 years. Painting, drawing and collage work of paper size A3 were the minimum requirement to enroll in the contest. Prizes were awarded to best three entries in each category.
An independent jury panel composed of five professionals selected the best art works. The chairman of Jury explained how the jurors had a tedious task as the Contest received 1124 entries in three different categories and they had to select three art works for nomination.
The message send to children was that there are certain things you can see, read and hear on Internet that can disturb you in your psychological and emotional development. The National Art Competition was a medium to highlight that Internet as well as providing useful resources, also has some element of dangers.
The Award Ceremony took place in the presence of eminent personalities including the Minister of Information Technology.