Children @home and online during #COVID19

#Parents for #Children @home and online during #COVID19
With self-isolation measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, our children are spending more time than ever online.

But do we actually know what they are doing? And if not, how can we keep them safe from digital harm?

Knowledge is power: If you’ve got 30 minutes to spare, you can learn everything you need to know to be your kids’ digital safety superhero.

Join The Internet Society short webinar on 9 April (Thursday) at 16:30 IST (India time) and you’ll learn:

This event will take place at these times in the Asia-Pacific region:

  • How kids are using the Internet during self-isolation
  • Risks and threats for children online
  • Easy ways and tools to help keep your kids safe online

16:30 India and Sri Lanka

You can watch the webinar live on livestream.com or on Facebook

For other locations, click here.

Internet DURING a shut-down: Do we need ‘more’ Internet?

With factories, offices, public places, shops, transportation and schools shut down for 3 weeks, and another week or so for normal life to resume, it is the Internet that could make life go on. While it is necessary to keep an eye on fake news and the dangers of fake news causing panic, it is equally important to keep the Internet open, with a heightened awareness that everyone needs the Internet, even to seek medical help, and more to preserve mass psychological well being. “More Internet”  here implies an approach that is on the other end of the tendency to lock down, it implies a greater willingness to keep more of the people of the world more connected, and to make news, educational, spiritual and entertainment content more available and also to think of more of curated streams  for e.g, YouTube curated streams, more of Internet Radio, a better Facebook experience etc… 

This is also a good time to collaborate online.  The Internet could bring together groups to collaborate on crisis management, economic reconstruction questions and could generate innovative ideas to solve problems.

  • What could the business community and civil Society do to help the Government manage the crisis of the time?  
  • What are the post crisis challenges? Not just restoration, but a renewal. In what ways could we make the economy work better than before? 

As part of this Conference, Jane Coffin, the Senior Vice President of Internet Growth, Internet Society would join us from Washington DC to talk about the emerging trend the world over in Internet connectivity technologies – COMMUNITY NETWORKS, which are city-wide Community operated Internet Networks, some including Community Radio, which might also have a social enterprise investment design.   Andrew Sullivan, President and CEO of the Internet Society has also consented to join us. Other invites include the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology,  Internet Community leaders from the Internet Society, ICANN and IGF.

March 26,  7 pm to 8.30 pm (13.30-15.00 UTC). Online, On Zoom (link to be sent separately)  

Please register for this event (if the zoom meeting link is not received already). The Internet Society India Chennai Chapter  may have to limit participation in this sensitive hour with a view to preserve the discussions as constructive and purposeful.  IN case of any difficulty, please contact by email to isocindiachennai@gmail.com 

More Internet everywhere while the world manages the COVID-19 pandemic

With factories, offices, public places, transportation, schools are colleges shut down, and no clear picture of whether normal life would resume in 4 weeks or 4 months, it is the Internet that could make life go on. While it is necessary to keep an eye on fake news and the dangers of fake news causing panic, it is equally important to keep the Internet globally connected, perhaps even with directives to access providers NOT to disrupt connectivity to any user under any pretext together with a heightened awareness among Governments that everyone needs Internet, even to seek medical help, and more to preserve mass psychological well being.

“More Internet” here implies an approach that is on the other end of the tendency to lock down, it implies a greater willingness to keep more of the people of the world more connected, and to make news, educational, spiritual and entertainment content more available and also to think of more of curated streams  for e.g,  you tube recommendation, you tube curated streams, a better face book news stream etc… On the constructive / reconstruction front, Internet could bring together groups to collaborate on crisis management, economic reconstruction questions and could generate innovative ideas to solve problems.

The following is a post published in CircleID by the CircleID Reporter, referenced by Glenn McKnight in the Internet Society mailing list, with the title “Companies in the USA Take Connectivity Pledge Amid COVID-19 Crisis”. CircleID is an indispensable platform for the world’s Internet industry professionals where they come to connect, inform and be informed; The blog is widely read by Internet policy makers around the world across stakeholder groups.

Broadband Companies Take Connectivity Pledge Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Broadband and telephone service providers of all sizes in the US have signed on to a “Keep Americans Connected Pledge” aimed at maintaining connectivity for citizens amid disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. For the next 60 days FCC has urged service providers to “(1) not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic; (2) waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and (3) open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.” Close to 80 companies have confirmed to take the pledge, according to FCC.

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