Safer Internet Day 2019 activities in Cyprus: seminars, video awards and exhibitions

  • Awareness
  • 27/02/2019
  • Cyprus Safer Internet Centre

In Cyprus, on Tuesday, 5 February 2019, as part of the international Safer Internet Day (SID), a conference was held on the topic ‘Together for a better internet'. 

The seminar, organised by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture in collaboration with CYTA and MTN and supported by the CYberSafety partners and the National Strategy for a Better Internet for the Children of Cyprus, was hosted with great success at the Filoxenia Conference Centre in Nicosia.

Aiming to promote responsibility, respect, as well as the critical and creative use of the internet, the seminar served as a reminder of everyone's duty – government, teachers, internet operators, parents and children – to make the internet a better and safer place for communication, entertainment and learning. The seminar, which was addressed by the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Dr Athena Michaelidou-Evripidou, was attended by 600 students of Primary, Secondary General and Secondary Technical and Vocational Education in Cyprus, accompanied by parents and teachers. The greeting was followed by interesting suggestions on online safety, as well as information on how to deal with potential risks but also about the prospects of its creative utilisation.

In particular, the following presentations were given:

  • "Internet: A tool of challenge, search, discovery, reason and collegiality" by Dr Thanasis Hadzilakos, Professor at the Open University of Cyprus and the Institute of Cyprus;
  • "Digital trends and digital identity' by Niki Sotiropoulou, Senior Account Director MRM/McCann Athens;
  • "Andreas' Experience", a true story by Andreas Vasiliou, who was born with reduced mobility and is the creator of the AbleBook website, a web-based innovative platform for people with disabilities.

Picture of Safer Internet Day 2019 celebrations in Cyprus

In addition to the presentations, there was a screening of six winning videos from the Short Video Production Competition on "Together for a better internet", which were created by students of Primary, Secondary General and Secondary Technical and Vocational Education in Cyprus.

A poster exhibition was held, displaying students' activities and projects regarding the safe and creative use of the internet. Additionally, an interactive discussion was hosted by Dr Thanasis Hadzilakos and some representatives from the Cyprus youth panel on the safe and creative use of the internet.

For more information, read the full article and check the Cyprus Safer Internet Day profile page.

Find out more information about the work of the Cyprus Safer Internet Centre (SIC) generally, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services, or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.

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