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Drive to save kids from ills of Internet

posted Mar 6, 2012, 11:45 PM by ABDUL SALEEM saleem
ABU DHABI — The Ministry of Interior has called for protecting children from the risks posed by the Internet and urged parents to understand their children’s curiosity in surfing the Net.

Maj-Gen Nasser Al Nuaimi, Secretary-General of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Child Protection at the ministry, hailed the ongoing campaign called ‘Secure Their Safety and Do Not Ignore their Curiosity’ being organised by the General Directorate of Electronic Services and General Directorate of Serving Society of the Dubai Police.

The drive focuses on protecting children from Internet risks, and encourages parents to understand their children’s curiosity when using the Internet. The campaign intends to spread awareness about the safe usage of the Net, keeping users away from blocked sites and child abusers. Fifteen governmental and parental associations participating in this campaign.

Al Nuaimi said the Higher Committee for Child Protection encourages participation of societal institutions and personnel in delivering awareness messages to children and their families.

“This participation of the committee in the campaign aims to accomplish a very noble goal to protect children from all types of risks, and it completes the Ministry of Interior’s campaign that has the same goals and targets,” he said.

The information gathered from these initiatives will be a valuable tool in developing the Shaikh Khalifa Programme that will enable children in all levels at school to protect themselves through knowledge. This programme addresses the problems of students in which governmental and parental associations participate in coordination with awareness programmes.

The ministry is also organising the Fifth Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) Conference in December this year. Lt-Colonel Faisal Mohammed Al Shammari, Director of the Child Protection Centre at the ministry, said the conference will be distinctive, not only at an academic and scientific level, but also for the activities that will be held and the contribution of government and semi-government institutions.

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