The BeSmartOnline!-Safer Internet Centre for Malta project kick-started on the 1st of October 2010. This project involves a number of players including the Malta Communications Authority (MCA), which is leading the project, Aġenzija Appoġġ, which forms part of the Foundation for Social Welfare Services, the Commissioner for Children and the Department of Education together with the assistance of the Cybercrime Unit within the Malta Police Force.
Safer Internet Day 2013
For Safer Internet Day 2013, the BeSmartOnline! team shall be organising a number of events in schools. These activities will be showcasing various artistic contributions made by the students on the theme of SID. In addition, a number of information days will be organised in Malta and Gozo with the purpose of disseminating resources to parents and children.
These initiatives will be supported by a mass media campaign informing people on the activities being held and also promote the theme chosen for SID 2013.
To us, the theme of SID 2013, "Online Rights and Responsibilities" perfectly encompasses the many facets associated with online safety. It reminds users that they have responsibilities towards themselves and others. These responsibilities mirror those expected from society as global citizens. The theme is also of relevance to industry as it reminds them of their social responsibilities, which responsibilities take a different dimension when their services are used by minors.
The users rights are another important element especially in the internet realm. Again, this is of relevance to both users and industry. It is imperative that users know what their rights are when using the services offered online, whilst respecting the rights of others in their everyday online interactions.