On Tuesday, 5 February 2019, to mark Safer Internet Day, a seminar took place in Nicosia on the theme “Together for a Better Internet”.
The highly successful seminar at the Filoxenia Conference Centre was organised by the Ministry of Education & Culture, in conjunction with Cyta and MTN, with the support of the EU-funded CyberSafety programme and the National Strategy for a Better Internet for Children in Cyprus.
With the aim of cultivating responsibility and respect as well as encouraging the crucial and creative role of the Internet in our lives, the seminar served to remind everyone – the State, teachers, Internet-related businesses, parents and children – of their responsibility to make the Internet a better and safer platform for communication, entertainment and learning. The seminar, which was opened by Dr. Athina Michaelidou-Evripidou, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education & Culture, was attended by primary, secondary, technical and vocational school students, parents and teachers. It featured a series of interesting presentations concerning online safety and how to deal with potential dangers, as well as how to make the best use of the Internet.
Specifically, Dr. Thanasis Hadzilakos, a Professor at the Open University Cyprus and the Cyprus Institute, spoke on “The Internet: A Tool for Questioning, Searching, Discovering, Reasoning and Collective Responsibility”; Niki Sotiropoulou, Senior Account Director at MRM/McCann Athens looked at “Digital Trends and Digital Identity”, while Andreas Vassiliou, who was born with impaired mobility and set up the AbleBook website, an innovative online platform for disabled users, presented his own story entitled “Andreas’ Experience”.
Those attending the seminar also had the opportunity to see the six prize-winning short videos in the competition on the theme “Together for a Better Internet”, made by primary, secondary, technical and vocational school students in Cyprus.
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Additionally, there was an exhibition of students’ posters created during the school year on the subject of safe and creative Internet use, as well as an interactive discussion on the same topic between Dr. Thanasis Hadzilakos and students of the Youth Panel Cyprus.