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    MCIT Marks SID 2017 in Port Said

    Date published: 2 March 2017

    The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), represented by the Safer Internet Program, in cooperation with the National Committee of the Children Online Protection (COP) and Egypt Information and Communication Technology Trust Fund (ICT-TF), will hold a celebration on the occasion of Safer Internet Day (SID) in one of Port Saidís schools on March 4. The celebration is in the context of the European Union celebration of SID held annually in February of every year through Insafe and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Child Online Protection (COP) initiative, in which Egypt has been taking part for a number of years.

    The celebration will be held in partnership with COP members, including the Ministry of Education (MoE), the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) and the Ministry of Justice. This is in addition to other entities such as TE Data, Microsoft, Vodafone, Orange, the ďNot Guilty for Family DevelopmentĒóa non-governmental organizationó and the ITU Arab Regional Office.

    Held under the international themeĒ Be the change, unite for a better Internet,Ē the celebration aims to integrate all stakeholders and intensify their efforts for making the Internet better and safer place for children and young people. The event targets providing training to 80 students, 120 parents and 35 teachers.

    The day also targets to raise awareness and learning via gamification which facilitates communicating an awareness message to children. Awareness sessions for parents and children will be held throughout the day. This is in addition to a training session on programming, provided by Microsoft to other groups of older children. Students participating in the day will be awarded the title of ďSafer Internet Day AmbassadorĒ, and they will be granted virtual passports. During the year, students will receive a stamp or signature on their passports from the schoolís administration every time they lead an awareness activity.

    Celebrating Safer Internet Day started eleven years ago, as a European Union and Insafe network initiative in the European states. In 2009, committees were formed in many countries to strengthen ties amongst them and facilitate cooperation on online safety issues. Over the years, celebration crossed boundaries of the European Union; the day which used to be celebrated in 14 countries is now celebrated in 90 countries worldwide.

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