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Yahoo! launches online saftey program in Jordan and Kuwait

Yahoo! Saftey Oasis aims to provide program to educate children about online safety

Yahoo! launches online saftey program in Jordan and Kuwait
The Yahoo! Safety Oasis is meant to provide a tangible learning program around safe web usage, says Abbar.

Yahoo! Maktoob has kicked off a new online safety campaign for children in Jordan and Kuwait.

The Yahoo! Safety Oasis is intended to give children a focused program of online ‘edu-tainment' activities, to educate them about safer web surfing, chatting and emailing. The program aims to grow digital literacy among children aged six to twelve years old, and will provide a learning curricula to give tangible efforts.

The program is being supported by telecom operator Wataniya in Kuwait, and by the Jordan Education Initiative.

"Parents and educators often face a dilemma of balancing children's natural curiosity with an understanding of and protection against online threats," said Andy Abbar, Yahoo! Maktoob head of product marketing and management for the Middle East. "Because younger generations are always the quickest to use new technology, it's important to reach out to youngsters as early as possible.  It is with this in mind that we are building the foundations of Yahoo! Safety Oasis platform for individual markets and the different youth consumers within them."

The Yahoo! Safety Oasis will be delivered through existing Yahoo! Maktoob channels, and will offer a Safety Certificate to children that complete the program.

"Wataniya is pleased and excited to be working with Yahoo! Maktoob in Kuwait to promote a very important and much needed online education program for children that benefits society as a whole," said Riham Al-Ayyar,Senior Communication Manager at Wataniya Telecom. "Through our partnership, we aim to engage and educate our young users and promote a safe online environment."

"We at JEI are very excited to be partnering with Yahoo! Maktoob in offering new resources to Jordan's students and supporting digital literacy in the country," added Haif Bannayan, chief executive officer at Jordan Education Initiative. "Internet safety and security is of ultimate importance to us as it makes the online educational experience trouble-free and enjoyable.  We are looking forward to pilot Yahoo! Safey Oasis in our schools and explore the best way to bring safe, valuable internet experiences to our students."

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