In a move to raise awareness among Sharjah-based parents and children on the safe, effective and responsible use of the Internet, the Sharjah Supreme Family Council launched a Child Cyber Safety Campaign on Sunday.
The initiative has been launched in coordination with the Arabia chapter of the the world's leading computer skills certification - International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL Arabia). The body is also responsible for teaching computing skills, IT security and cyber-safety.
Her Highness Shaikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness Shaikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, while talking at the launch said that “The aim of the initiative is to protect children and young people from any abuse or harassment while online. The importance of awareness on the different forms of abuse and how parents can protect children from cyber-threats, online harassment and bullying."
An ICDL Arabia study says that only 42 per cent of children are willing to inform their parents about cyber-threats or bullying they encounter online. This means that parents and educators must take proactive measures to learn about best practices and to nurture the skills that can guide children to use their digital devices in a responsible manner.
The workshops will target the 7-12 and 13-18 age groups, as well as parents, teachers and employees. As part of the new campaign initiative, informative handbooks will be distributed to participating organisations and educational facilities and will also be promoted on social media. '101 Tips of Cyber Safety' is available for free in Arabic and English in the accredited schools for ICDL Arabia, and can be also downloaded from ICDL Arabia website: www.icdlarabia.org.
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