Dr Mumbo

First for government press releases

Dr Mumbo reckons those who label Singapore broadsheet the Straits Times as a depository for government press releases are unfair.

But then ‘new stories’ like this one about the Ministry of Education’s plan to encourage “positive internet use” in Singapore, appears to have deployed little more journalistic endeavour than the copy and paste function on a keyboard:

Singapore Government calls for proposals that encourage positive Internet use

SINGAPORE – The Singapore Government is calling for proposals that encourage and support the positive use of the Internet and mobile technologies among young people, as part of its ongoing efforts to support cyber wellness education.

This is the seventh call for proposals launched by the Inter-Ministry Cyber Wellness Steering Committee (ICSC), the Ministry of Education said in a statement on Thursday (Dec 10). It added that the proposed projects should be scalable and sustainable for effective outreach. Successful proposals will receive seed funding from the ICSC.

Organisations are encouraged to submit proposals in various areas, including:

– Parenting roles, responsibilities, knowledge and skills for cyber wellness education for children;

– Cyber security and protection against cyber crime;

– Information literacy, media literacy and responsible online creation;

– Balancing online and offline activities;

– Positive online presence and advocacy for cyber wellness;

– Healthy cyber gaming among children;

– Awareness of gaming addiction and channels of help;

– Awareness of cyber bullying.

Since the first call for proposals in 2009, the ICSC has reached out to over 245,000 participants through more than 25 supported projects.

These cover various cyber wellness areas and are delivered through different platforms, such as exhibitions, drama productions, online resources for parents and seminars for educators.

Those interested can apply online starting from Thursday (Dec 10). The closing date is at 5pm on Feb 4, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.moe.gov.sg/events/2015/cyber-wellness-call-for-proposals/

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