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Child Safety Campaign workshop highlights cyber security
By a Staff Reporter September 29, 2017
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SHARJAH: The Child Safety Campaign (CSC), a subsidiary of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA), is to hold a highly interactive workshop this weekend – 29 and 30 September – at the Sharjah Discovery Centre, to raise children’s awareness about the increasing risks of cyber virus attacks and educate them on the best ways to protect their electronic devices from being hacked.

Themed ‘Virus Attack’, the two-day workshop is designed to introduce youngsters to the concepts and risks of computer viruses, as part of CSC’s constant efforts to ensure children’s cyber security. The workshop is conducted by CSC in collaboration with the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA), Khalifa Student Empowerment Programme (Aqdar) and Sharjah Police.

Throughout the workshop, children will take part in a series of quizzes and interactive games to help them understand the issues which can both encourage and eliminate viruses. They will also be taught how to use antivirus programs, create strong passwords and what preventive actions they should take in order to decrease the risks before they become a reality.

Hanadi Saleh Al Yafei, Director of SCFA and Head of the Organising Committee of CSC, said: “It is important for children to understand that there are some highly irresponsible online users. They are often indiscriminate in how – and who – they target and we want to show that there are several steps that can be taken to minimise the potential damage to devices and personal information.”

She added: “At the same time, we want to put this into perspective and reassure children that by following the advice they are given at the workshop, they should not face any serious problems. In keeping with our awareness and community role, this will be another step forward in helping and protecting children and keeping them safe while browsing the Internet.”

 Al Yafei continued: “The ‘Virus Attack’ workshop is being conducted as part of the third edition of the Child Safety Campaign, which was launched under the slogan ‘Child Safety in Cyberspace’, to educate children, parents, teachers and internet experts about the need to maintain the highest levels of children’s safety while online. This edition stresses the need for parents to play an active role and protect their children from being exposed to malware or malicious files that could infect their devices mistakenly or without their knowledge.”

The workshop is open to all children aged 6-12 years. Those who are interested in registering their children can visit the Sharjah Discovery Centre.

The Child Safety Campaign was launched under the directives of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the SCFA and wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah. It seeks to promote awareness about children’s safety, protection, and social stability in order to ensure children are physically and psychologically healthy in a stable, family environment.

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