Tuesday 6th February
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year in over a hundred countries to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.
As a part of this initiative, we are pleased to announce a challenge for school students: Students are required to “Create” a presentation for parents, video record the presentation and post on YouTube.
The title for the presentation is “Make Your Parents Safe Techie“.
Objective of this challenge is to ignite the skill of research and critical thinking in children. As the child deeply researches digital safety domain, they will understand the importance of digital safety themselves.
The challenge also facilitates more family time, integration with parents and hence increases the self-esteem of the children. This will also enhance the presentation and project management skills of students.
IMMEDIATE ACTION PROGRAMMES
National Awareness Roadshow
Design a software-enabled nation-wide roadshow framework to implement an effective educational and awareness campaign on online child safety across all Emirates. In collaboration with youth empowerment bodies and similar groups, we will offer free training and mentoring to a nation-wide group of volunteer multipliers. They will in turn train youth & young adult volunteers in each Emirate, empowering them to conduct Online Child Safety Roadshows in all schools. The framework will allow all activities to be monitored, mentored and measured for effectiveness.
Safer Internet Day in UAE
Commemoration of International Safer Internet Day across all UAE schools in February 2016, with the objective promoting a safe online culture among school students. We will develop presentation-ready resources for schools, which would be made available for download, free of charge, on our website. School IT faculty will be trained via free webinars on how to effectively commemorate Safer Internet Day in their schools. A selected group of college teens from each Emirate will also be trained and mentored free of cost, to become spokespersons of Safer Internet Day in select schools across the country.
Corporate Parental Education
Create and implement training modules for corporates to educate parents on Digital Parenting and to develop technical measures in corporate environment to ensure compliance with child protection standards. This will help future project funding from these corporates.
Support Solutions for Law Enforcement
Design and develop technical tools for investigative and forensic capacity to support Ministry of Interior and law enforcement.
Capacity upgrade for psychosocial professionals
Programme development for up gradation of psychosocial professionals in the country to support their transition to Cyber Therapists. The objective of the free training is to equip these therapists to effectively treat online child victims and cases of online addictions among teens.
OUR PROGRAMMES FOR INCREMENTAL / SUSTAINED ACTION
The UAE can become a vital regional link to effectively implement global initiatives, including those of Interpol/Council of Europe. It aims to achieve legal harmonization in targeted countries, especially in the Asia – Africa region.
Our contribution would include:
A core part of the work of E-safe is to contribute to the global knowledge on child online protection and also to bring global knowledge on this issue back to UAE. In order to achieve this, it is absolutely essential to engage with relevant external experts and continually update the knowledge and information on this topic. Thus participation and contribution in key global events on child online protection will form a significant part of the activities undertaken by E-Safe in the initial period. The activities that are envisaged within this field are: