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Barbados and Grenada to Combat Domestic Violence with Video Games

In a project funded by the European Union and in partnership with the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom, Grenada and Barbados are seeking to address the challenge of Domestic Violence by developing a series of video games. 

We hear more in this interview from the BBC with Prof. Adele Jones.

Professor Jones spoke about the types of games to be developed.

She outlined the many benefits that computer games can have.

The project entitled None in Three, will launch on 8th March in Celebration of International Women's Day.

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ECTEL Seeking ICT Stakeholder Input

Caribbean users of Technology from the Eastern Caribbean are urged to assist in shaping policy and the type of internet they wish to have, by completing an anonymous online survey. Last week, we mentioned that the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) is hosting a 2-day workshop throughout its member states on the 17th and 18th February on Consumer Protection.

Stakeholders are asked to complete the survey before Monday 15th February to give their input on issues ranging from Online Banking, Identity Theft, Online Child Protection and of course, Broadband Speed, Pricing and Quality of Service are also covered.

If you would like to contribute and give your input see the link on the WINN FM Website. The workshop will be held in  Saint Lucia on 17th and 18th February with participation from Stakeholders in ECTEL Member states via video conference. Individuals and organisations interested in obtaining a copy of the new draft regulations which are available for public comment, should see the show notes for links, on the Tech News section of the WINN FM website. 

Link to Survey

Link to Draft Legislation 

 

Jamaican Parents Warned of Increased use of Social Media by Sexual Predators

The Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) has raised alarm about what it says is the increased use of social media to entice children into situations where they are sexually abused.

Inspector of Police Cecelia Williams Mullings, of CISOCA, has highlighted the worrying trend of children who are putting themselves in danger by connecting with strangers they meet on social media.

She told The Gleaner that there has been an increase in the number of sexual abuse cases associated with the use of social media.

"One of the greatest challenges that we are having is that our children have become fascinated by what is on social media. Facebook, for example, and WhatsApp, have attracted a lot of our young children, and the threat that we have is that they go on these social-media platforms and meet people they don't know anything about. They build a kind of relationship with them on social media, then they move on to meeting these persons. 

Inspector Williams Mullings, who was speaking  at a prayer breakfast hosted by the Caribbean Conference of Seventh-day Christians, argued that parents have to become more vigilant in monitoring their children's use of social media.

"There is a generation gap. Some of these parents will notice that the children have these phones or tablets, but the parents themselves do not know what is happening on these devices, so they are not being monitored," she added.

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An IT Professional for more than 20 years and an entrepreneur since 1998, Russell Williams is the founder of,The IT Facility and has extensive experience as a Consultant, IT Trainer and facilitator and is happy to answer your questions. E-mail them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow him on Twitter @RwilliamsKN, G+ google.com/+RussellWilliamsKN and on facebook.com/RussellWilliamsKN

 

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