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Aqdar announces new projects as part of “Safer Internet Day” celebrations

ABU DHABI, 6th February, 2017 (WAM) — The Khalifa Empowerment Programme for Students (Aqdar) announced a number of new initiatives and projects as part of tomorrow’s World Safer Internet Day 2017, which the country will celebrate under the banner: “Be the Change, Communicate Responsibly”.

The statement was made during a press conference by the organisers of the programme, under the patronage of the H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, in co-operation with the General Women’s Union of Abu Dhabi and a number of government partners.

The conference was attended by Major General Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Higher Committee for the Khalifa Empowerment Programme for Students, Colonel Mubarak bin Muhairom, Director-General for Community Protection and Crime Prevention in the Ministry of Interior, as well as a number of other government representatives that work with families, children and partners from the Higher Committee for Child Protection from the Ministry of Interior, the Khalifa Empowerment Programme for Students (Aqdar) and media representatives.

According to Major General Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, also Chairman of Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), an international alliance dedicated to combating online child sexual abuse, the UAE is considered a leading country for providing a safe environment for children and families, while it continues to strengthen its efforts of raising awareness and protection from the dangers of negative internet use.

He highlighted the importance of government efforts and those of other concerned authorities for improving the protection of children from the dangers of the internet by creating laws, such as parental controls to regulate the behaviours of children in the virtual world, as well better education and protection of privacy. This can prevent the spread of any information, data or pictures that can be misused, as well as control the timings of internet usage and other modern technologies, so children do not become dependent on it.