At the click of a mouse – GBV and the internet

Date: January 28, 2011
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If you want to know about the Internet, talk to me. I live on the Internet.
-Claire Fabre, age 12

Approximately 30 participants gathered at Gender Links offices in Johannesburg on November 29, 2010 to discuss GBV and the Internet. The group primarily comprised young people from both the Sacred Heart School in Observatory and the Khunumani Support Group, Soweto.

Simphiwe Shabalala began by talking about the work of the Support Group, which mainly consists of art and performance art. Jennifer Elle Lewis of the Gender and Media Diversity Centre, discussed the various risks posed by the Internet and cell-phone technology. Reviewing MXit, Facebook, online trafficking and the recent Jules High School case and cell phone video use, the youths present seemed surprised to learn that such things took place. When asked, very few knew about Facebook privacy settings or the Jules High School case.


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