Wanted: 500 envoys to help internet users

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 27 July, 2009, 12:00am

The government this week launches its internet ambassador scheme with the recruitment of 500 people.

The campaign - Be Net Wise - comes after the Financial Secretary, John Tsang Chun-wah, earmarked HK$63 million in the budget for a one-year programme to educate young internet users how to use the Net safely.

A recruitment fair will be held at the Olympian City II mall on Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 7pm.

The campaign's co-ordinator is the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups.

The positions are for internet ambassadors and a programme officer and at least one programme leader for each of the 18 districts.

Applicants for grade 1 ambassador positions must have at least Form Three education and they will receive HK$6,000 a month. Grade II ambassadors, who will earn HK$7,500, require at least Form Five education.

The duties of internet ambassadors include visiting families with internet safety concerns and helping them install software such as filters to manage their computers.

To be a programme officer, which pays HK$14,890, applicants have to have at least an associate degree.

An internet ambassador leader, who will be paid HK$9,000 a month, needs to have at least Form Five education.

Applicants will be tested on their computer knowledge.

Federation website director Ngai Yuen-keung said research would be done into the behaviour of young internet users. An internet safety family centre and a hotline providing technical support would be set up.

'I hope the campaign can enable teachers, parents and social workers to better protect youth on the internet while creating employment opportunities,' Mr Ngai said.