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Safer Internet Day - Together for a Better Internet

Data tal-Pubblikazzjoni: Fra 05, 2019
 

Today, the 5th of February marks Safer Internet Day. It is a day commemorated all over the world. The theme for this year’s celebrations is Together for a Better Internet. It is a call to action for all stakeholders to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, and especially for younger users.

The Office of the Commissioner for Children is committed to creating a better internet for children and forms part of the BeSmartOnline! Campaign together with the Malta Communications Authority, Agenzija Appogg and the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes within the Ministry for Education and Employment. This initiative strives to safeguard children online and to ensure that they have positive online experiences. 

In order to commemorate this important day several initiatives are being undertaken. Schools have been encouraged to organise activities for children. Over 40 schools have committed to celebrating this day by organising special assemblies, talks by professionals, lessons dedicated to online safety, crafts and storytelling.

As part of the BeSmartOnline! Initiative, a leaflet has been produced for middle school students. This leaflet offers children some tips on how to create an online/offline balance mainly by encouraging them to engage in offline activities, spend time with friends and family and to make sure they get enough sleep. This leaflet is being disseminated in schools.

Various efforts are made in order to reach parents, carers, relatives and other significant persons in the lives of children and young people. To this end a stand was set up with the support of Bay Street Shopping Complex on the 3rd of February. This allowed members of the BeSmartOnline team to disseminate information, create awareness and offer advice about online safety for children amongst those who visited the stand. Fun activities for the children visiting the stand were also organised.

The internet offers many opportunities for children and we all should take an active role in encouraging them to explore these opportunities and to use the new technologies to develop their interests and their talents whilst ensuring their safety.