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Safer Internet MT SIC: Be Smart Online! - A Safer Internet Centre for Malta

The Safer Internet Centre in Malta integrates awareness raising, a hotline and a helpline.

In Malta, diffusion of formal ICT education and internet access in primary and secondary schools has resulted in a very high proportion of children using the internet when compared to the EU27 average. Their parents, by contrast, fare relatively badly, and there is a generational digital divide which reduces the capacity to safeguard children from online abuse. Government’s ICT policy proposes an alliance with all stakeholders involved in order to develop an innovative awareness initiative to protect children from harm and abuse over the Internet. The Be Smart Online! project will act on this concept to achieve its main objectives, namely to act as a Safer Internet Centre in Malta and to cooperate with other actions under the Safer Internet Programme.

The awareness raising actions will include creative campaigns targeting children, youths, parents, educators and the general public with the aim of informing them of the dangers of internet illegal and harmful content. A national partnership will be established, including an Advisory Board and Youth Panel, as well as active participation in the European Safer Internet network. The project will include a hotline to fight illegal content and contributing to the European URL database. A helpline will also be set up to answer online questions and telephone calls from children and parents related to problems encountered during their use of online technologies.

As a result of the project implementation, many children, parents and educators will be made aware of the dangers of the internet and other electronic media, and of the tools available to counteract these dangers, such as monitoring and filtering software. The high profile of the project will ensure good participation by the principal stakeholders, leading to significant multiplication of the impacts and longer term sustainability. The project will further result in trained helpline staff, and that the various events, campaigns and the project website will provide the hotline and helpline with continued visibility.

The Be Smart Online! consortium will be coordinated by the Malta Communications Authority, and will include the Foundation for Social Welfare Services- Agenzija Appogg, the Directorate for Educational Services, and the Office of the Commissioner for Children.

Contact information

SPITERI Mark
Valletta Waterfront, Pinto Wharf
FRN1913 Floriana
MT
Tel.
Fax.

Participants

Coordinator: MALTA COMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY, MALTA

Participating partners:

Organisation Country
MALTA COMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY MALTA
OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR CHILDREN MALTA
FOUNDATION FOR SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES MALTA
DIRECTORATE FOR EDUCATIONAL SERVICES MALTA

Last update: 16/03/2011

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