Cyprus Safer Internet Centre - CYberSafety
About our SID activities
The Safer Internet Day (SID) campaign in Cyprus includes activities that will last for the whole month of February with the SID conference as its pinnacle.
The conference on Safer Internet Day aims, primarily, at students and teachers. Students, 11-16 years old, from all schools in Cyprus, are expected to participate at the conference accompanied by their teachers. During the conference, speakers will discuss safe internet usage with reference to its potential and risk. Moreover, students that participate in educational programmes regarding internet safety will present their work at the conference through a poster session and live performances.
A students' short video competition with the motto "Together for a better internet" will be organised prior to the event, with the winning videos presented during the SID conference. Clips from the videos, together with the promotional video of the helpline and hotline services, will be broadcasted from all Cypriot TV channels, during the whole month of February.
During that month, schools are encouraged to organise school-based activities for Safer Internet Day.
What we are doing to support the SID 2020 slogan of "Together for a better internet"…
The Cyprus Safer Internet Centre (SIC), in the framework of the SID campaign, is launching an information campaign aimed at reaching out to children and young people, parents and teachers, industry, decision-makers and politicians in Cyprus, to encourage everyone to play their part in creating a better internet.
In line with the SID slogan of "Together for a Better Internet", the centre will organise training courses (workshops, presentations, etc.) and events for students, teachers and parents in order to promote safe and efficient use of the internet, and spread the message that together we can create a better internet.
The Cyprus Safer Internet Centre - CYberSafety, building on European funding as part of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) project, aims to strengthen the efforts for the creative and safe use of the internet in Cyprus. Focusing on upcoming needs regarding internet technology, on a national and European level, the centre promotes cooperation between national stakeholders aiming to create a cyber security culture. It has also developed and promoted the National Strategy for Better Internet for Kids in Cyprus.
The team of the European project Cyprus Safer Internet Centre - CYberSafety (2018-2020) includes eight partners:
- Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, Ministry of Education and Culture
- Digital Security Authority (DSA)
- University of Cyprus (UCY)
- Cyprus University of Technology (CUT)
- Pancyprian School for Parents (PSP)
- Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute (CNTI)
- Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CYTA)
- epic Ltd
The Cyprus Safer Internet Centre - CYberSafety aims to create a culture among children, parents and teachers to take advantage of the benefits of the internet with safe, responsible and ethical use. The Centre builds on the existing work that is taking place in Cyprus, updates and enriches digital content already developed, enhances existing services and tools deployed, and extends collaborations and synergies among stakeholders.
Through the helpline services, the Cyprus Safer Internet Centre – CyberSafety aims to ensure that all users will receive expert advice and support in real-time regarding issues about the use of digital technologies and the internet. Helpline services are aimed at children, adolescents, parents, teachers, and other professionals, providing advice and support on issues such as cyberbullying, excessive use of the internet, grooming, social media problems (e.g. fake profiles, account violations, inappropriate and harmful content).
The operation of the hotline services (https://www.cybersafety.cy/hotline) offers a direct, easily accessible and responsible point of contact for users to report illegal content or actions. Hotline services provide handling of information from the public, related to reports on the content of child sexual abuse (e.g. photos), racist and xenophobic material that violates the law, and anything considered illegal.