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MoI promotes safe Internet use

Ministry of Interior’s Child Protection Centre distributes guidebook to school students

Major General Al Nuaimi.
Major General Al Nuaimi.

The Ministry of Interior’s Child Protection Center, in cooperation with the International Computer Driving License of the Gulf Cooperation Council (ICDL GCC), has distributed a guidebook to school students across the UAE. The guidebook includes 101 tips on how to use the Internet and social networking sites in a safe and responsible manner, and aims to spread information awareness among students and their families. It also aims to raise awareness about effective, secure and responsible use of the Internet, social media sites, and smart devices.

Major General Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Child Protection, stated that the Ministry of Interior demonstrates great interest in children’s issues and supports local and international efforts to ensure their protection from abuse. “Child protection requires boosting cooperation between governmental institutions, entities, NGOs, and the private sector as well as developing strategic partnerships to achieve this end. The publication and distribution of this guidebook is a part of these efforts, and is the result of strategic partnerships that the Ministry of Interior’s Child Protection Center is developing,” says Major General Al Nuaimi.

Lieutenant Colonel Faisal Mohammed Al Shammari, Director of the Child Protection Center at the Ministry of Interior, notes that the guidebook aims to provide parents with the necessary information to help their children use the Internet and social networking sites safely. It also encourages them to communicate with their children about the importance of being vigilant when using the Internet. “Discussion between parents and children about social networks should be an urgent family matter. We recommend to parents to add their children as friends on these sites, which will allow them to monitor their activities and friends list,” explains Lieutenant Colonel Al Shammari.