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.

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