Sri Lanka Safer internet day committee
ICDL Sri Lanka formed a SID committee to support SID initiatives in the country. To promote and create awareness among Parents, Caregivers, Educators, Social Care Workers and Decision makers about safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile devices.
ICDL Sri Lanka is the sole local business promoter and distributor in Sri Lanka, involved in creating goodwill in the ICDL Concept, marketing and promoting all ECDL Foundation qualification and liaising with Government Bodies/ Agencies, Schools and Higher Education Institutions. The mission of ICDL Sri Lanka is to add value to organizations and individuals by providing opportunities to maximize their potential by incorporating the latest developments in the digital age.
Safer Internet Day 2015
Safer Internet Day 2015 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 10th February with the slogan ‘Let’s create a better internet together’.
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organized by the Insafe Network, Europe in February of each year, to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world. Over the years, Safer Internet Day has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar, and has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone - now celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide, and across all continents.
ICDL Sri Lanka, which serves as the Safer Internet Committee in Sri Lanka will co-ordinate the activities in Sri Lanka, with endorsements by the ICT Branch of the Ministry of Education, National Child Protection Authority, Sri Lanka CERT, UNICEF Sri Lanka, and Microsoft, to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
To mark the day, the Safer Internet Committee will conduct a conference at the Committee Room A – BMICH, on Tuesday, 10th February 2015, with the participation of heads of schools, Government and Private Higher Education/Training Institutions, and several Private and Governmental organizations from the ICT industry, and the endorsing organizations. The new Chief Executive Officer of the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka, Mr. Muhunthan Canagey will grace the event as Chief Guest. The event will constitute presentations on the theme for the day, and a panel discussion aiming to highlight the current issues and educating participants on methods to safeguard youth and children from illegal/harmful content and conduct online. The event will also explore the role played by each party in helping to create a better and safer online community.
Schools which attended the event were presented with a pack of resources compiled with the contribution of the endorsing organizations, Sri Lanka CERT, Microsoft Sri Lanka and National Child Protection Authority. These resources would be useful to schools in organizing activities and educating students in their respective schools. In addition, notebooks, banners and posters offered by Dialog Axiata with useful help tips on how to use the internet and mobile technology safely and positively were presented to these schools as well.
Safer Internet Day is a multi-stakeholder approach and a platform where organizations can showcase events and actions conducted locally or nationally – it’s a collaborative effort. This year’s Safer Internet Day theme again looks at the responsibility that we must all take in making the internet a better place. Whether we are children and young people, parents and carers, educators or social care workers, or indeed industry, decision makers or politicians, we all have a role to play. Ultimately a better internet is up to us!