"Together for a better internet" conference in Cyprus for Safer Internet Day
- Cypriot Safer Internet Centre
On Tuesday, 11 February 2020, in the context of the celebrations for the international Safer Internet Day (SID), the conference "Together for a better internet" was held in Cyprus.
Organised by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth, in collaboration with CYTA and Epic and with the support of the partners of the Cypriot Safer Internet Centre (SIC) - CYberSafety and the National Strategy for a Better Internet for Children in Cyprus, the conference was hosted at the Filoxenia Conference Centre in Nicosia, with a huge success.
Aiming at fostering responsibility, respect, as well as promoting a critical and creative use of the internet in our life, the conference was focused on reminding everyone – including the state, educators, decision-makers working on digital issues, parents, young people and children – that it is our duty to make the internet a better and safer place for communication, entertainment and learning. This year's conference had the largest number of attendees, as approximately 1,000 students and teachers attended it from schools all over Cyprus, as well as parents.
TV host Christiana Aristotelous and Pepper the robot
The conference was presented by the popular Cypriot TV presenter Christiana Aristotelous, along with the humanoid robot "Pepper", which is part of the Digital Supported Learning Environment of the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute. The conference was opened by Dr. Athena Michailidou-Evripidou, on behalf of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth. A presentation followed, introducing interesting topics regarding internet security, its potential risks, and prospects for its creative exploitation.
Dr. Christos Xenakis, Professor of the Department of Digital Systems in the University of Piraeus, in his presentation "Internet of Things: Challenges and Risks", referred to the applications and endless possibilities and prospects offered by the internet. He also stressed the importance to inform people regarding the proper use of digital technologies as well as relevant measures that need to be taken for protection and security.
Cypriot actor Andreas Filachtou discusses cyberbullying with participants
A well-known Cypriot actor, Andreas Filachtou, initiated a discussion about cyberbullying through the short film: "Your Choice". Mr. Filachtou tried to raise awareness around this global phenomenon and highlighted how important it is for everyone to take responsibility to ensure positive changes in the online ecosystem.
Odysseas Herodotus presenting the application "CanTeens"
Following this, an English School student, Odysseas Herodotus, encouraged participants to exploit the internet creatively, by presenting the application "CanTeens", which he and his team developed. The participants also had the chance to watch the play: "George's room" by theatrical group Intra Portas. The play aimed to show that the internet cannot be exploited to take revenge, sending a clear message: it is a paramount importance to demonstrate kindness and respect to other internet users.
CYberSafety Youth Panel of Cyprus made a presentation through which they invited students all over Cyprus to join forces and encourage positive change by fostering the creative and safe use of the internet. The CYberSafety Youth Panel's presentation included screening of a video with the name "Together for a better internet", which they had created with the aim of sending clear messages about the responsible and positive use of the internet.
Lastly, there was an exhibition of students' own posters and artwork where the participants had the chance to be informed around the safe and creative use of the internet. The exhibition also included short videoclips from the videos created for the competition "Together for a better internet".
- Cyprus Safer Internet Centre
On Saturday, 1 February 2020, the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute of the Ministry of Education and Culture organised a training workshop for the members of the CYberSafety Youth Panel Cyprus, which 30 people attended.
- Maltese Safer Internet Centre
Safer Internet Day (SID) has become a landmark event in the Maltese online safety calendar. Through the BeSmartOnline! project, the Maltese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) strives to empower and protect children and young people from risks associated with online activity. The aim is to ensure access to a safe online environment and inspire a national discussion about using technology responsibly, respectfully and creatively.
- Slovenian Safer Internet Centre
In Slovenia, the 2020 edition of Safer Internet Day (SID) was celebrated with two main activities, prepared by the Slovenian Safer Internet Centre (SIC): an event for kindergarten teachers, and a campaign on parents' excessive use of digital devices.
- Portuguese Safer Internet Centre
On Tuesday, 11 February 2020, Portugal celebrated Safer Internet Day (SID) with a high-level meeting at the Artur Gonçalves School Cluster in Torres Novas.
- BIK Team
On Tuesday, 11 February 2020, we celebrated the 17th edition of Safer Internet Day (SID), with events and activities taking place right across the globe in over 170 countries, and with many organisational supporters too.