1. The Inter-Ministry Cyber Wellness Steering Committee (ICSC), co-chaired by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Communications and Information, is launching an eighth call for proposals today, as part of ongoing efforts by the Government to support cyber wellness education.
2. Organisations are invited to submit proposals that encourage and support the positive use of the Internet and mobile technologies among our youths and their parents. Proposals could encompass the following areas:
For Children and Youth
- Promoting healthy digital habits, e.g. balanced screen time, healthy cyber gaming and device-free leisure activities
- Handling risky online relationships – e.g. online predators, sexting
- Managing cyber bullying: Building resilience and combating negativity on social media
- Practising good cyber hygiene: Understanding cyber risks and adopting cybersecurity measures
For Parents and Caregivers
- Promoting healthy digital habits: Equipping parents and caregivers with information and resources to encourage balanced screen time and promoting device-free family activities, setting boundaries on device use and understanding digital trends
- Preventing cyber bullying: how parents and caregivers can guide their children
- Practising good cyber hygiene: Equipping parents and caregivers with information and resources to help their children identify potential dangers and ways to secure their devices and safeguard their data
3. The proposed projects should be scalable and sustainable for effective outreach. Successful proposals will receive seed funding from the ICSC. Projects which have been supported by ICSC in the past may also be considered for sustained funding, subject to assessment. Assessment for the award of funding will be based on the merit, reach of each project and demonstration of impact. The application package and additional information can be found at http://www.moe.gov.sg/events/cyber-wellness-call-for-proposals. The closing date for the proposal submission is Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 5pm.
4. The ICSC has reached out to over 380,000 participants through more than 30 supported projects since its first call for proposals in 2009. The supported projects cover various cyber wellness areas and are delivered through different platforms, such as exhibitions, competitions, drama and video productions, online resources, and seminars. More information on the ICSC is in the Annex.