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Apa itu literasi internet?

Literasi Internet merupakan salah satu bagian penting di zaman sekarang, dimana teknologi makin berkembang dan internet menjadi alat paling penting dalam kehidupan kita sehari-hari. Semua kalangan mengakses internet untuk keperluan masing-masing, mulai dari online games, media sosial, sampai pada portal-portal berita. Sayangnya, kemudahan dalam mengakses ini tidak disertai dengan kemampuan para penggunanya untuk menyaring informasi dengan baik dan benar.

Ini terjadi karena Internet tidak secara otomatis menyaring konten negatif, sehingga ketika pengguna internet secara tidak langsung menemukan konten negatif tersebut, padahal sedang mencari sesuatu yang positif. Banyak pengguna internet yang, dengan buta dan tanpa memeriksa kembali konten negatif ini, langsung membagikannya kepada kerabatnya. Hal ini menyebabkan pentingnya literasi internet di kalangan pengguna internet Indonesia.

Literasi internet (atau seringkali disebut juga dengan literasi digital), secara sempit, berarti kemampuan untuk mencari informasi yang dibutuhkan dengan pemanfaatan internet. Ada tiga poin yang diperhatikan dalam literasi internet, yaitu (1) kemampuan untuk mengetahui konten ilegal dan berbahaya di Internet dengan baik, (2) kemampuan untuk berkomunikasi di Internet dengan baik, dan (3) kemampuan untuk memproteksi privasi dan melakukan tindakan keamanan.

Penting bagi masyarakat Indonesia untuk mendapatkan literasi internet, terutama sedini mungkin. Dengan begitu, anak-anak dapat memahami bagaimana menggunakan internet dengan baik dan benar. Saat ini masih kita dapati banyak sekali pengguna internet Indonesia yang menggunakan internet secara negatif. Entah itu mengakses konten ilegal, ataupun membagikan konten negatif, seperti hoax, di media sosial mereka.

Dengan latar belakang ini, Project Child Indonesia mengadakan Internet Literacy Program. Program ini baru dimulai pada tahun 2017, dengan 8 sekolah dasar di Yogyakarta sebagai partner. Program ini ditujukan kepada anak usia sekolah, dengan harapan bahwa mereka dapat menggunakan internet dengan baik dan benar.

The First International Startup Grind Yogyakarta Event

Google Grind

Startup Grind, the world’s biggest entrepreneur community powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, held their first official international event at Antologi Collaborative Space, Yogyakarta on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The event took place as a result of a partnership between Tarugeni Foundation as the local sponsor and Project Child Indonesia as the organizing committee. By bringing the event to Yogyakarta, we aim to empower local entrepreneurs and strengthen their ability to make positive impact in the world.

 

As a city going strong with its economic growth, Yogyakarta is a hot spot for fast-growing startups and emerging companies in various fields. Being a part of Startup Grind, Yogyakarta joins a list of over 250 cities worldwide actively hosting events to connect, inspire, and educate their community of entrepreneurs. Startup Grind events strive to bring together entrepreneurs and people who are passionate about entrepreneurship, providing them with a space to engage as well as giving them inspirational insights through a fireside chat with influential people leading in their fields.

 

The event presented a Forbes “30 Under 30” honouree, Pamela Wagner as the main speaker. Formerly a Google employee, Pamela is the founder and CEO of Ajala Digital, an Austria-based global marketing agency focused on highly profitable advertising campaigns which has helped more than 2000 advertisers across 21 time zones – from Hawaii to Australia – grow their businesses. Interviewed by Jason Canniff, an American social entrepreneur and a Lead Mentor for the Entrepreneurs Institute and GeniusU based in Singapore, Pamela spoke about her journey to success and shared valuable inputs on entrepreneurship and self-development.

 

Attended by 50 people, ranging from business owners to university students, the event started with a networking session, followed by interview and Q&A sessions and more networking afterwards. As Pamela also admitted, networking had contributed more to her success than her study or work experience, Startup Grind accommodates everyone involved to network with people who share similar purpose-driven minds, making real connection and opening up new possibilities to achieve greater globally.

 

Written by Margareta Danastri,
Content Writer – Project Child Indonesia

What is Volunteering?

Volunteering. Is it good? Is it bad? The classic stereotype that appears when you hear the word “volunteer”, according to Dummies, is someone who has lots of time to spare and is looking for something to do. While it’s correct, this stereotype is also misleading. Not everyone who is volunteering has lots of time to spare (consider some full-time office workers who volunteered in several non-profit organizations) and is looking for something to do (consider housewives with lots of housework to do).

So, what is volunteering? Merriam-Webster defined it as “a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service, such as (a) one who enters into military service voluntarily; (b) (1) one who renders a service or takes part in a transaction while having no legal concern or interest (2) one who receives a conveyance or transfer of property without giving valuable consideration”. Meanwhile Oxford Dictionary defined volunteer as “(1) a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task; (2) a person who works for an organization without being paid”.

From those two reliable sources, we can take some keywords. Those keywords are: voluntarily, freely, willingness, without being paid. As you might already know, while you are volunteering, there are some aspects to which you might want to sacrifice. Mostly you are sacrificing your time, energy and money. But, in returns, you get lots of benefits, from new experience, meeting new people, polish your resumes and, most of all, you enjoy something you love or passionate to.

So, volunteering is a good thing. While you might be doing something that takes lots of your resources, it also gives you new things to learn from. Whether it is for your enjoyment or for your resume, doing something for “free” can make you a better person. For those who still hesitate to volunteer, think of new experience you might get for something you need in the future. For those who are volunteering, this is your chance to show the world what you can give to the community. Lastly, for those who have already volunteered, you’ve done a great job and don’t forget to volunteer again for better future of you.

-Written by Felix Prayogo

Internet Literacy Program Kick-off

Project Child Indonesia has completed a wonderful milestone this month. After months of preparation, the new Internet Literacy Program has begun successfully. Internet access in Indonesia has grown astronomically but children remain one of the most vulnerable to understanding the positive and negative aspects of the internet. We strongly believe that equipping children with proper internet literacy education would enormously benefit the workforce of Indonesia.

To reach our goal, we collaborated with three primary schools in Yogyakarta. SD Bumijo 1, SD Bangunrejo 1 and SD Vidya Qasana were chosen to be our pilot schools. We were pleasantly surprised with the reception from the children! Although they are already familiar with the internet, they were curious about what can they can do with the internet. We created a unique syllabus to enhance the usage of the internet as well as educated them on computer hardware. We delivered the knowledge using engaging methodologies and lots of games which created 70 enthusiastic children. By extension, our 14 new volunteers were amazing and taught with enthusiasm and pride. We are so thankful that they joined our mission!

In addition, the schools’ response also humbled us. Our program and methods may be unfamiliar with what they usually do in class, but they were encouraging and were on-board to help us make an impact. “We know that our kids are still unaware with the bad side of the internet. And since we do not have capacity with our limited budget to give them education about it, we really support this program” said Mrs. Puji Lestari M.Pd, the headmaster of SD Bumijo 1. We recognize that commitment from the teachers will ensure that this program will remain sustainable and create a grass-root solution to the educational problem.

Finally, we would like to show our gratitude to our partner, Gameloft, who helped us turn our idea into reality. Gameloft has benevolently donated computers to underprivileged schools, making us able to conduct the internet literacy program. In the next-coming months, we would like to enhance our syllabus to create a new perspective that internet could be child-friendly and that we can use it in a positive and useful way. We are always open to everyone who also desires to help the future generation in any possible way. For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our program manager at program@projectchild.ngo.

Here’s to making another impact to benefit Indonesian communities!

 

Written by Septian Fajar, Kelly McEtchin