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ICDL Arabia launches cyber safety guide

Guide for schools provides tips on preventing cyber bullying and online safety threats

ICDL Arabia launches cyber safety guide
Ezzo: The guide is intended to help teachers to educate students on online safety.

ICDL Arabia has distributed a guide to combat cyber bullying and online threats to schools across the UAE.

The ‘101 Tips of Cyber Safety' has been made available to schools in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Interior's Child Protection Centre, as part of efforts to protect children from online threats and bullying.

Jamil Ezzo, director general, ICDL Arabia, said: "Cyber bullying is a common threat that can impact a child's self-confidence. Awareness is our best defence now it is up to parents and teachers to monitor their children's online activities and teach them about the safe use of the Internet to avoid risks or problems as well as urge them to speak about any form of cyber abuse they face. The ‘101 Tips of Cyber Safety' guide is an informative handbook that teachers can use to educate students about online safety measures. ICDL Arabia will continue its endeavour to raise awareness about online threats and how to keep children protected."

ICDL Arabia is working with education authorities and schools to educate teachers, parents and students on cyber safety precautionary measures. This includes holding workshops for parents as part of PTA meetings in schools to inform them about the significance of their role in protecting children from cyber threats. During these PTAs, parents get to understand the Internet usage habits of children, the potential dangers of cyber space, and techniques to prevent cyber problems as well as to detect behavioural changes and how to take necessary action. ICDL Arabia plans to visit nearly 250 schools in 2016 to spread awareness on cyber safety among students, teachers and parents.

Furthermore ICDL has released its Cyber Safety Report 2015, first-of-its-kind providing extensive research on online threats faced by Emirati school children. The study brings to light that cyber bullying is one of the most common forms of cyber threats facing children, most of them were unaware about the laws against it. Nearly 60% of surveyed youths admitted to the presence of cyber bullying among their peers; Over 54% were not aware that cyber bullying is a crime punishable by law; while 26% felt that parents and teachers could not assist them when faced such a problem.

‘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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