ABU DHABI, 24th of November 2022 (WAM) –- The Emirates Safer Internet Society (eSafe) has announced the launch of its first international conference to discuss methods for the safety of children online and responsible use of smart devices entitled, “Children’s Well-being in a Digital World”, on 6th February, 2023, at the Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi.
The event will be organised under the auspices of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence.
During a press conference held on Thursday in Abu Dhabi, Adel Salem Alkaff AlHashmi, Vice Chairman of eSafe and Conference Chairman, said that the conference highlights eSafe’s goals and its endeavours towards protecting children from dangers of using unsupervised internet usage, with the objective of finding efficient methods to ensure the safety of children’s gadget use and online activities.
The conference will also focus on three main themes: Safety of children in the digital world, well-being of children and families in the digital world, and the role of civic engagement and partnerships in promoting digital well-being to inspire a tech and internet savvy generation capable of responsibly navigating the virtual world.
Dr. Abdulla Mohamed Al Mehyas, Chairman, eSafe, said, “Our efforts to provide a secure internet for our children are based on the vision of our wise leadership in protecting the youth of the UAE. This approach was inspired by the late Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who always emphasized the need to prepare and build a strong competent generation who is ready to adapt to modernisation, including its technological advancements, an approach that our leaders pursue consistently.”
Adel Salem Alkaff AlHashmi, Vice Chairman of eSafe Society and Conference Chairman, added, “We recognise, at eSafe, that children are at risk of certain practices that threaten them online. Those risks involve psychological, physical and mental implications, especially when the internet is such a vast and unmonitored network with multimedia content that can negatively affect them. It is our responsibility, as their guardians, to protect them from these threats. A majority of internet users are the youth, therefore they should learn and be guided on how to recognise negative aspects of technology and how to be responsible users of gadgets.
AlHashemi stated that public and private schools and universities that are distinguished in the field for using innovative technologies in the educational system while safeguarding the security of the Internet will be awarded during the conference. He called on all educational institutions in the UAE and abroad to apply for this award through the society’s website.
eSafe works with the Higher Colleges of Technology by offering a programme that educates students on cybersecurity and emotional intelligence.