Designed to promote responsibility, respect, ethos and empathy, the event served as a reminder of everyone's responsibility - the state's, teachers', internet providers', parents' and children's - to turn the internet into a better and safer place for communication, entertainment and learning.
The honourable Minister of Education and Culture, Dr Costas Kadis, welcomed attendees to the event. More than 700 students of primary, secondary general, secondary technical and vocational education from schools all over Cyprus, accompanied by their parents and teachers, participated. During the event, through contributions from internet safety specialists, the participants were informed of the internet's opportunities, on how to deal with potential dangers, and also about prospects for its creative use.
At the same time, students had the chance to share their own messages about opportunities and challenges online. That was done through a screening of the winning videos from the short video competition for students with the motto of SID 2018. Moreover, students that participate in internet safety related programmes in their schools presented their activities via a poster exhibition. Additionally, a group of students presented a theatrical performance on online dangers of the internet and how to deal with them.
Lastly, during the event, cycling champion, Mrs Antria Christoforou, promoted the 1480 helpline and hotline services by premiering the TV spot "Enjoy your online routes safely".
The event was streamed live. The presentations, videos, photos, and other material from the event can be found at https://internetsafety.pi.ac.cy/SID2018.
See the Cyprus Safer Internet Day profile page for further information.
Find out more about the work of the Cyprus Safer Internet Centre (SIC), including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services.