Cyprus Safer Internet Centre

Awareness centre

Description:
The awareness centre aims to create a culture among children, parents and teachers to take advantage of the benefits of the internet with safe, responsible and ethical use. The awareness centre will continue the existing work that is taking place in Cyprus, update and enrich the digital content and resources already developed, enhance existing services and tools deployed and extend collaborations and synergies among stakeholders.
 
Presentations, lectures and workshops
Aiming to educate and raise awareness regarding the responsible and safe use of the internet, the European project ‘Cyprus Safer Internet Centre - CYberSafety – Better Internet for Kids', in collaboration with all partners, offers presentations, lectures and workshops for students, teachers and parents.
 
To arrange a presentation/lecture/workshop with a partner of the ‘CYberSafety – Better Internet for Kids' project, schools can visit and register their interest on the following web platform of the programme http://workshops.internetsafety.pi.ac.cy.
 
Web portal ‘Internet Safety'
The European project ‘Cyprus Safer Internet Centre - CYberSafety – Better Internet for Kids' maintains a web portal for raising awareness where stakeholders can find resources and tools, and also share valuable experience and good practices regarding the responsible and safe exploitation of digital technologies.
 
The web portal at http://internetsafety.pi.ac.cy includes a repository of rich educational/informative material, resources and tools for children, adolescents, teachers and parents to exploit digital technologies. At the same time, this portal provides ongoing information on issues regarding digital technology and its use in Cyprus.
 
Email address: cybersafety@cyearn.pi.ac.cy Website: https://internetsafety.pi.ac.cy Social media: https://www.facebook.com/internetSafetyCy https://twitter.com/CYberSafetyCY https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi7UsCg5wW9IMWr8t7QxT3w

Helpline

Description:
Helpline 1480 (https://www.cybersafety.cy/helpline) aims to ensure that all users will receive expert advice and support in real time regarding issues about the use of digital technologies and the internet.
 
Helpline 1480 also provides advice and support on issues such as:
  • Cyberbullying
  • Excessive use of the internet
  • Grooming
  • Social media problems (e.g. fake profiles, account violations, inappropriate and harmful content)
Helpline 1480 have established direct connections with competent bodies in Cyprus (e.g. Cyber Crime Unit) and abroad (e.g. social networking) to ensure the appropriate procedures and steps are followed.
 
Helpline 1480 is part of the European helpline network Insafe.
 
Email address: 1480helpline@cyearn.pi.ac.cy Website: https://www.cybersafety.cy/helpline Social media: https://www.facebook.com/1480HelplineandHotline

Hotline

Description:
Hotline 1480 (https://www.cybersafety.cy/hotline) offers a direct, easily accessible and responsible point of contact for users to report illegal content or actions on the internet.
 
Hotline 1480 services handle public information related to:
  • content of child sexual abuse (e.g. photos)
  • racist and xenophobic material that violates the law
  • anything considered illegal
Hotline 1480 have established direct connections with competent bodies in Cyprus (e.g. Cyber Crime Unit) and abroad (e.g. social networking) to ensure the appropriate procedures and steps are followed.
 
Hotline 1480 is part of the international hotline network INHOPE.
 
Email address: 1480hotline@cyearn.pi.ac.cy Website: https://www.cybersafety.cy/hotline Social media: https://www.facebook.com/1480HelplineandHotline

Youth participation

Description:
The CYberSafety Youth Panel of Cyprus, which operates as part of the European project ‘Cyprus Safer Internet Centre - CYberSafety – Better Internet for Kids', aims to enable knowledge and experience sharing among participants, make suggestions and take actions regarding the creative and safe use of digital technologies and the internet.
 
At the same time, the CYberSafety Youth Panel members act as ambassadors of best practices and actions, aiming to create innovative sources and disseminate messages about the safe use of the internet to their peers and other groups involved.
 
The CYberSafety Youth Panel is composed of:
  • Members of the Cyprus Children's Parliament, coordinated by the Pancyprian Coordinating Committee for the Protection and Welfare of Children (PCCPWC)
  • Members of the Teenage Advisors' Group of the Commissioner for Children's Rights
  • Students from the ‘Little Explorers of the Internet' programme, coordinated by the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute
  • Students from the ‘EduWeb Cyprus' programme, coordinated by the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute

Youth panel logo of the Cyprus Safer Internet Centre

Website: https://www.cybersafety.cy/youth-panel

Key successes

The Cyprus Safer Internet Centre - CYberSafety has a strong consortium with important stakeholders as partners, supported by a wider group on the National Strategy for a Better Internet for Kids in Cyprus, which serves as the Advisory Board.
 

Successful programmes include:

Key partners/supporters

Key supporters of the Cyprus Safer Internet Centre - CYberSafety in Cyprus is the National Strategy for a Better Internet for Kids in Cyprus Working Group, which consists of 37 members:
  • Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth (coordinator)
  • Digital Security Authority (DSA)
  • Pancyprian School for Parents (PSP)
  • Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus
  • Cyprus University of Technology (CUT)
  • Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute (CNTI)
  • Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CYTA)
  • OCCCP/Office for Combating Cybercrime, Cyprus Police
  • Department of Electronic Communications of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works
  • Department of Information Technology Services
  • Cyprus Ratiotelevision Authority
  • The Commissioner for Children's Rights
  • Office of the Commissioner for Personal Data Protection
  • Office of the Commissioner for Volunteerism and Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Youth Board of Cyprus
  • Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation(CyBC)
  • "Hope For Children" CRC Policy Center (HFC)
  • Pancyprian Coordinating Committee for the Protection and Welfare of Children (PCCPWC)
  • Cyprus National Addictions Authority
  • CARDET (Center for the Advancement of Research & Development in Educational Technology)
  • Center for Risk, Safety and the Environment (CERISE), European University
  • Council for the implementation of the National Strategy to fight Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children and Child Pornography - Foni (Voice)
  • Union of Cyprus Municipalities
  • Department of Education, University of Cyprus
  • Department of Computer Science, University of Nicosia
  • School of Education and Social Sciences, Frederick University
  • University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) - Cyprus
  • Pancyprian Organization of Greek Cyprus Teachers (POED)
  • Organization of Greek Secondary Education Teachers (OELMEK)
  • Pancyprian Confederation of Parents Associations of Primary Education (PCPAPE)
  • Pancyprian Confederation of Parents Associations of Secondary General and Technical Education
  • Pancyprian Confederation of Parents Associations of Pre-Primary Education
  • Cyprus Youth Clubs Organization (CYCO)
  • Cyprus Computer Society (CCS)
  • Cablenet Communication Systems Ltd
  • Oracle Cyprus
  • MediaWhat – a media literacy lab 

Location: Nicosia, Cyprus Email address: cybersafety@cyearn.pi.ac.cy Phone: +357 22402310, +357 22402353 Fax: +357 22480505 Website: https://www.cybersafety.cy