Computer Society SouthAfricaIn a perfect world, the Internet would automatically shield children from contact with questionable content and dangerous people. Unfortunately, nobody exercises complete control over the online world in any centralized manner. What is considered illegal in one country may not even be considered an issue in another. This danger has been extended to free-for-all mobile IM chatrooms without moderation or age restrictions. How do we as parents, educators and IT Professionals equip ourselves for this crisis. How do we identify and deal with problems before our children are exposed to dangerous situations.

The Panel:

Adrie Stander is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town since 1999. He has more than 30 years experience in the computer industry and has done research in many diverse areas such as the psychological aspects of computer use and data communications. He is currently responsible for the first computer forensics course to be offered by a South African university.

Naomi van Wyk is a Clinical Psychologist and works in the field of parent education. She runs a private practice in Stellenbosch and presents workshops to parents and teachers on the prevention of child sexual abuse. She has written a book about the subject which is soon to be published called Safe and Sure.

Pieter Nel started dabbling with software and electronics as a teenager in the mid-eighties. After postgraduate studies, he spent a number of years with Flextronics Design working on projects for companies such as Intel and Thales before joining MXit’s original mother-ship, Swist, where he managed software projects for the local mobile operators. He joined MXit in May 2008 as Chief Technology Officer and life began in earnest.

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

Who should attend?

This presentation will be of value to educators, parents and all concerned Professionals in the ICT sector.

Date: 20 August 2009

Time: 15:00 sharp to end 18:30

Venue: The Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, 76 Palmyra Rd, Newlands (map will be provided on booking)

Parking: Available on grounds

Cost: R30.00 per person; R20.00 Groote Schuur School staff. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.

The Q & A. will be followed by an opportunity to network. Light refreshments will be provided.

To Book: or Lilian at (021) 447-8450

By: 18 August 2009 This event has been kindly sponsored by PANDA