Childhood plays a pivotal role in setting the foundation for a person’s whole life ahead. Digital technology has permeated every area of life today with children and teens being the fastest adopters of internet and mobile technologies. While opening up a world of information and connectivity, unfortunately the online world also exposes young people to a wide spectrum of threats. The three “C”s of internet risks typically fall under inappropriate Content, Conduct and Contact. Some of these lead to grave crimes exploiting very young children. This is simply not acceptable and children should be safeguarded and empowered to use these modern tools to their fullest potential.
We are a UAE based non-profit organization that strives to be a Centre of Excellence, for empowering the society to use internet responsibly and to protect children from online risks by educating and raising awareness, building capacity, assuming an observatory and advisory role and collaborating with multi-stakeholders to contribute to the nation?s prosperity.
Committed and sustained multi-disciplinary efforts are required to tackle the global problem that has emerged through the misuse of internet technologies to harm children. This requires awareness, policy upgradation, improved practices, better services, legal measures and understanding of root causes. Also the application of lessons learnt and modern tools for developing and improving resources are needed to provide a safe online platform. Our research and development hub aims to spearhead the developments on cutting edge solutions to tackling the problem holistically, with support from the best academics and practitioners on the topic. We are extremely glad at the possibility of bringing these experts to UAE so that they can produce the best resources needed for dealing with the subject.