MoTC inks MoU with Vodafone to ensure cyber safety

 06 Feb 2018 - 12:07

MoTC inks MoU with Vodafone to ensure cyber safety

The Peninsula

Doha: To mark this year’s Safer Internet Day (SID) celebrations today (February 6), the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) yesterday signed an MoU with Vodafone as partner on cyber safety initiatives.

The 2018 SID theme, “Create, connect and share respect: A better Internet starts with you” is a call to action for every stakeholder to play their part in creating a better Internet for everyone, in particular the youngest users. 

The State of Qatar joins world countries in marking the SID. The Ministry is mandated to address cyber safety for all communities in Qatar: “increase awareness, propagating a culture of safe use of the Internet amongst society members and providing the knowledge and analytical skills necessary for the safe and optimum use of digital communications technology.” 

MoTC also yesterday signed an MOU with Vodafone as partner on cyber safety initiatives.  Vodafone has already delivered creative and engaging workshops in 10 schools covering almost 1000 students and will continue to collaborate with MOTC on a number of other cyber safety initiatives to ensure continuous and effective awareness and education reaching more and more people. 

Vodafone is committed to doubling the efforts in schools this year and participating in joint initiatives with the Ministry to reach a wider school community including parents who play a vital role in ensuring the online safety of their children.  

“We launched AmanTECH, Vodafone’s online safety programme, in 2014 which has equipped thousands of children, parents and teachers with the right tools to navigate the digital world safely. We are committed to ensuring that this programme is a long-term initiative that will provide people in Qatar with everything they need to know and do for their children in today’s ever-expanding digital world. We are proud that the MOTC has chosen Vodafone as their partner on cyber safety initiatives, and look forward to working closely with the Ministry to reach even more people,” said Mohammed Al Yami, Director of External Affairs, Vodafone Qatar.

The Ministry is running a number of programs in this regard including Haseen, SafeSpace, Ammen Taslam (#Secure4Safety), Ethical Responsibility in a Digital World, SID, and the Digital Literacy Curriculum carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Education & Higher Education. To support these programs, MoCT has signed an MoU with Vodafone Qatar. 

Reem Al Mansoori, Assistant Undersecretary of Digital Society Development Sector at MOTC said in a statement: 

“We are committed to ensuring that while we build a smart Qatar, we will also build a safe and smart society. Our lives have become a constant transition between the real and online world, and as a proud nation of believers of justice, freedom, benevolence, equality and high morals, we must ensure that our online personas are representative of who we are and the values we believe in offline.”

Various MoTC Digital Society Programmes

Ammen Taslem: Ammen Taslem is a cyber safety social media campaign started by Ministry in 2016 with an objective of increasing the digital literacy of Qatari communities. The program focuses on developing the awareness messages using various mechanisms such as videos, GIFs, infographics, articles and trigger discussions through social media influencers and publishing them on social media channels as facebook, twitter and instagram. 

Ethical Responsibility in a Digital World:The ‘Guide to Ethical Responsibility in the Digital World’ has been developed by the Ministry to encourage a change in online behavior so that it is aligned with one’s responsibility to behave in a responsible and ethical manner.  It encourages the application of the same self-discipline used to conduct every day offline social interactions i.e. ‘if you don’t do this offline, then why do it online?’.  

SafeSpace: SafeSpace.qa is a website that was launched by MOTC to help parents and teachers keep children safe online. This website is filled with valuable information and resources on cyber safety and provides educational games and tips, along with up-to-date information to help parents and teachers protect kids from cyber-bullying and other dangers.  
Safespace also integrates two other unique programs- ‘Digital Literacy Curriculum’ and ‘Haseen’.  

Digital Literacy Curriculum:MOTC in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education has launched the Digital Literacy Curriculum aimed at training master trainers in Ministry of Education and Higher Education. The program consists of 16 courses that deliver a series of lectures, workshops and quizzes using a web browser to be conveniently accessed via safespace.qa.

Haseen:In February 2015, MOTC launched a cyber safety learning program ‘Haseen’ in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE). The program which is accessible to teachers via www.safespace.qa aims to raise awareness and promote an informed and healthy cyber safety culture by integrating learing moments into every day classes.
Haseen consists of 300 learning activities (in English and Arabic) with over 100 learning resources (videos, quizzes, animations etc.), linked to the school curriculum that educates students on the safe and responsible use of ICT.

Cyber Safety Workshops: As a goal for increasing awareness through various channels, the Ministry has appointed a team of dedicated resources for face to face interactions with school communities i.e. students, parents and teachers. 

The team is working closely with the schools and delivering workshops for students and teachers at school premises. These workshops have been taken up very seriously by the schools and there are exciting responses from students and teachers on the benefits this program brings to the students. 
 

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