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  • Digital Inclusion
  • Internet Safety
  • Education
    1. The National Committee for Child Online Protection
    1. Work Mechanism
    1. Online Arabic Content
    1. Regional and International Cooperation
    1. Law Enforcement
    1. Legislative Framework
    1. Education
    1. Awareness Raising and Capacity Building


    As members of the National Committee on Child Online Protection, the Ministry of Education, in coordination with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), adopted a policy of disseminating the Internet safety culture in schools.

    Accordingly, the Internet safety curriculum was introduced to primary, middle and secondary school students. A Curriculum for each stage was formulated according to the age of the students as follows:

    Primary Schools

    Introduction to the Internet, appropriate ethics of children in the digital world and the concept of privacy.

    Middle Schools

    Identifying pros and cons of the Internet, Internet Safety rules, firewalls, revealing identity, secret codes, assistance requests and e-infringement.

    Secondary School

    Identifying the concept of Web2.0, the pros and cons of the Internet, Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs).

    The Educators working group: The Ministry of Education, in cooperation with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), is currently working on re-structuring the group, realizing the significance of educating teachers on Internet safety. The Group enhances teachers’ understanding of Internet Safety and underlines the wider concept of “Digital Citizenship”.

    From February to December 2010, approximately 6,500 educators were trained with the help of IT companies and local and international experts.
    The Acceptable Usage Policy (AUP) was adopted, which includes a set of tips and rules to be followed by students. AUP was formulated using the models adopted by associations active within the Safer Internet Program of the EU. In addition, the National Committee on Child Online Protection seeks to update the policies of AUP in different forms, matching the various educational stages, to be printed and made available to all schools nationwide.

    Internet Safety messages are delivered to children via indirect ways such as competitions, paintings, games and wall magazines. Students are encouraged to produce research and studies on safe Internet use relevant topics.

    In February of each year, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) celebrates the Safer Internet Day (SID) with a number of students from a particular governorate selected by the Ministry of Education. Trainees are dubbed “Internet Ambassadors” as they take the responsibility to raise awareness among their colleagues during the academic year.
    During the same week, schools nationwide organize an awareness campaign for the Internet safety usage via the school broadcast, drawing themes and providing different related activities.

    The most important challenge was the need to develop educational curricula open to new and wider concepts such as Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy, in light of local culture and beliefs.

    Related Documents
    Guidelines for Children on Child Online Protection
    Feb 2016
    Children Online Protection is a critical issue with the borderless nature of the Internet that requires a global, coordinated response. The report provides guidelines which can be adapted and used in a way consistent with national or local customs and laws.
    Guidelines for Parents, Guardians and Educators on Child Online Protection
    Sep 2014
    The guidelines for parents, guardians and educators provide recommendations on what they can do to make their child’s online experience a positive one. Research shows that more and more children are connecting to the Internet using game consoles and mobile devices, yet many adults are not even aware that these activities include internet connectivity
    Guidelines for Children on Child Online Protection
    Sep 2014
    The guidelines advise children on possible harmful activities online, such as bullying and harassment, identity theft, and online abuse. The guidelines also include advice to children seeing and experiencing harmful and illegal content online.
    Children’s Use of Mobile Phones | An International Comparison 2013
    Jun 2014
    Children’s use of mobile phones | An international comparison Report provides a detailed picture of children’s mobile phone behavior in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Now in its fifth year, the 2013 study surveyed 3,560 pairs of children and their parents/guardians.
    GSMA Report on Children Use of Mobile Phones
    Mar 2014
    The report presents an international comparison for 2013 providing a detailed picture of children’s mobile phone behavior in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Now in its fifth year, the 2013 study surveyed 3,560 pairs of children and their parents/guardians.
    Child Pornography, Model Legislation & Global Review
    Jun 2013
    The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) is leading a global movement to protect children from sexual abuse, exploitation and abduction. ICMEC’s work brings promise to children and families by: establishing global resources to find missing children and prevent child sexual exploitation.
    Child Online Protection
    Jan 2013
    The council of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) presents its recommendations in order to face the risks surrounding children on internet. Since that the internet has reigned the world economically and socially, it has also become part of our children daily lives. Despite of all the internet benefits in the field of education or the personal development of children, internet put kids at risk of inappropriate content and abuse of others.
    Own your Space
    Feb 2012
    Linda MacCarthy, the writer of this book believes that building a positive online reputation is central to being a good digital citizen. However, the Internet, she assumes, provides ample opportunities for a single bad decision to affect your reputation for decades to come. This guide provides advice on how to help protect your online reputation from known threats—identity thieves, scammers, and self-inflicted damage. It also explains why it’s so important to protect your online reputation and what to do if it’s already been damaged.
    Children’s Use of Mobile Phones- an International Comparison 2011
    Feb 2012
    The GSMA and NTT DOCOMO’s Mobile Society Research Institute have partnered to investigate the growing use of mobile phones by children across the globe. This report provides a detailed picture of mobile phone use by children from the age of eight to eighteen, comparing use across geographically widespread markets at differing levels of development. This is to provide a greater understanding of how children use mobile phones, the role mobile technology plays in parent and child relationships and how children’s social attitudes may be influenced by its use.

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