Online gaming has become more popular among kids and teenagers in recent years, but it is reasonable that parents are apprehensive about letting their wards play these games given worries about cyberbullying, predators, addiction, and exposure to inappropriate content, among many other things.
However, these concerns may soon be a thing of the past as a South African non-profit organisation, the National Institute for Crime Prevention and Reintegration of Offenders‘ (NICRO), has announced the release of a free educational programme to tackle the issue.
In a tweet that was published earlier today, NICRO disclosed that they have been collaborating with the Africa Esports Association of South Africa (AESASA) and the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP) to develop a “free educational programme that teaches you about how to keep your child safe when gaming online.”
The nonprofit organisation has already employed technology to educate the public about how to avoid becoming a victim of crime. Back in 2022, the group worked with South African platform cooperative YoMobi, a collaboration between Capacitate Social Solutions, PwC, and UNICEF, to release an app that offered free access to educational content in order to broaden access to its work on crime and violence prevention.
NICRO, one of the largest nonprofit organisations in South Africa, was founded in 1910. In addition to specialising in social crime prevention and adult and juvenile offender reintegration, the organisation has a long history in human rights, juvenile justice, and creative criminal justice reform.
Although the free educational program’s specifics haven’t been made public, interested parties can sign up by clicking the link on the professional learning community Zibuza.