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    Internet Safety Project Holds Seminar on Internet Safe Usage for Youth and Children

    Cairo, 28 October 2009

    Egypt's Internet Safety Project held today a seminar at the Smart Village on the safe use of the internet for youth and children.

    The internet Safety Project held the event in cooperation with its partners: Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Microsoft Corp. The seminar discussed the Egyptian efforts and those of international companies in the field.

    The event was attended by Dr. Hoda Baraka, First Deputy to Minister of Communications and IT and Ms. Jacqueline Beauchere, a Business Strategy Manager in the Safety Technology and Strategy (STS) Group at Microsoft Corp., Ms. Kim P. Sanchez, Senior Audience Marketing Manager in the Trustworthy Computing Group at Microsoft Corp. and Vice Chairman of Family Online Safety Institute, members of Net-Aman Youth and Parents Focus Groups and reprehensive of other concerned entities.
    In her speech, Dr. Baraka praised the exerted efforts and the effective cooperation among the project's stakeholders in this domain. She further stressed the importance of the collaboration among MCIT and international companies to reach out and protect all social segments and protect as well as spread such a concept of safe internet usage on the regional level.

    On her part, Ms. Beauchere gave a speech, pointing out the endeavors of Microsoft Corp. in cyber security. She confirmed the company's keenness to raise the awareness of children, youth and parents across the world and the cooperation among civil and non-governmental organizations and governments all over the world. She gave an example of the efficient cooperation between the Egyptian Government their leading experience as a successful model.

    The seminar further discussed opening new channels of dialogue among the different sectors to exchange information and expertise. Such endeavors will likely encourage the entities affiliated with each sector to adopt the concept of the safe use of the internet in work and training as well as communicate with regional and international organizations and entities operating in this area.
    The Net-Aman Youth and Parents Focus Groups gave a presentation during the seminar on their recent achievements in spreading the culture of the safe use of the internet.

    The project Executive Board, meanwhile, proposed building an online portal containing sources and Arabic e-content in a bid to further raise the awareness of the different Arab social classes about the safe internet usage.
    The suggested website will facilitate interesting educational and cultural sources suitable for all ages. The content will also cover the bases of using the internet safely, ethics and the best use of technology.

    In addition, the portal will offer tools and information for teachers, parents and legislators that are likely to enable them to communicate with children on the web.

    Moreover, the website is expected to include 3D activities, explaining to children how they can use the internet safely and correctly in addition to videos, stories, caricatures, games and online broadcasts. The website will allow all Arab countries to upload data on it.

    About Jacqueline Beauchere
    Jacqueline Beauchere is a business strategy manager in the Safety Technology and Strategy (STS) Group at Microsoft Corp. She joined the STS team in May 2004 to help launch a companywide consumer online safety program. She is now responsible for cross-company consumer education-related efforts on spam, phishing and identity theft, as well as children’s online safety, privacy and computer security within MSN®.


    About The Internet Safety Project
    First of its kind in the region, the Internet Safety Project was launched in 2007 at the International Youth Forum in Sharm el Sheik. The project utilizes ICTs and internet-based tools with the chief aim of spreading a culture of peace, tolerance and dialogue among youth through facilitating intercultural communication and understanding, empathy creation, skill development and internet safety awareness and knowledge among young people and other stakeholders.

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