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Children want more guidance on being safe online: Malaysia report

AvantiKumar | Nov. 21, 2013
DiGi CyberSAFE in Schools annual survey announced during CyberSecurity Malaysia Awards, Conference and Exhibition (CSM-ACE) 2013.

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Photo - (From left) Yang Amat Berbahagia General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi Bin Mohamed (Retired), Chairman, Board of Directors, CyberSecurity Malaysia; Christian Thrane, Chief Strategy and Corporate Affairs Officer, DiGi Telecommunications (M) Sdn Bhd; Tuan Haji Shamsuddin Bin Hassan, Deputy Director of Educational Technology Division, Ministry of Education;  Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab, CEO, CyberSecurity Malaysia; and Chua Choon Hwa, Deputy Undersecretary, Policy Division, Ministry of Woman, Family and Community Development.

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"The internet and broadband connectivity have literally brought the world to our children, and as technologies converge, the opportunities are endless," said Shamsuddin Hassan, deputy director, educational technology division, Ministry of Education Malaysia.

"In order to ensure that the next generation reaches their greatest potential, we must ensure that they have access to a wealth of educational information in an environment that protects their personal information, physical safety, and healthy mental development," he said. "Our mission is a quality education that equips our learners with the knowledge and skills of the 21st century."

National information security specialist CyberSecurity Malaysia's chief executive officer, Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab, said,  "CyberSecurity Malaysia realises the importance of reaching out to the younger generation and educating them about cyber security. Hence, we developed the CyberSAFE programme, which is short for CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS FOR EVERYONE. In September 2010, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin launched the 'CyberSAFE in Schools' programme. Since then, various activities related to online safety awareness have been organised in Malaysian schools nationwide."

"To date, more than 500 teachers from all over Malaysia have been trained as CyberSAFE Ambassadors, which means they are equipped with sufficient know-how to raise cyber security awareness in schools," said Dr Amirudin.

"We really hope the CyberSAFE programme will help to eradicate incidents of cyber-bullying, cyber-harassment and other cyber security issues among Malaysians, especially the young school students," he said. "I would like to thank the Ministry of Education Malaysia and DiGi Telecommunications for their contributions in making 'CyberSAFE in Schools' a successful programme."

"The internet brings substantial social, economic, educational and developmental benefits to children, youth and adults," said DiGi's Thrane. "At the same time, we are aware of rising risks from abuse of the internet associated with greater access. It is therefore important for us to step up the education on cyber safety particularly among our internet generation children to fuel digital resilience."

"In empowering schoolchildren to keep themselves safe online, we can nurture a family-friendly internet experience that allows our children to enjoy the convenience and far-reaching benefits of the internet," he said.

Thrane said some of the impact of DiGi's CyberSAFE in Schools workshops included findings that 74 percent of students said they are now more confident of staying safe while on the Internet after attending the workshop, compared to about 50 percent before. Eighty-four [84] percent of students also felt they are now better informed on the
issue with 28 percent of students saying their awareness on cyber bullying has increased significantly while 38 percent of students said they will take action to improve their password security.

The CyberSecurity Malaysia Awards, Conference and Exhibition (CSM-ACE) 2013 is an event held to foster a cyber security culture at a national level.


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