UAE Royal backs cyber campaign
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Some of the stars of the forthcoming action filmIndependence Day: Resurgence have paid a flying visit to the UAE. Actors Jeff Goldblum (right) and Liam Hemsworth (left) and director Roland Emmerich (centre) visited Dubai as part of the build-up for the movie, which hits cinema screens in the UAE on July 5 A member of a UAE royal family has said that teaching children about the dangers of the internet is of “paramount importance”.
HH Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, made her comments after the council’s Child Safety Campaign initiative and cyber-safety body ICDL Arabia signed an Memorandum of Understanding. The MoU includes agreement to host workshops for children aged seven-12 and 13-18, as well as parents, teachers and workers. Sheikha Jawaher said: “Raising awareness among parents and children on how to safely and properly use the internet has become of paramount importance, due to the recent and rapid growth of social networking platforms.
“Our children are our greatest asset and most precious treasure... It is important that we manage the situation responsibly so that children and young people remain protected from the risks, yet retain the ability to keep pace with developments that allow them to grow their cognitive and intellectual capabilities - via legitimate online resources.”
A study by ICDL Arabia found only 42 per cent of children are willing to inform their parents about cyber threats or bullying online.
“Trust between children and parents must be established, so that children report any cyber bullying or online harassment - without any misguided fear that they are the ones at fault,” said Saleh Al Yafei, Head of the Organising Committee for the Child Safety Campaign.