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DiGi releases online safety videos for children in Malaysia

AvantiKumar | Dec. 3, 2014
Three of the most common cyber risks are highlighted in DiGi's ongoing national safety campaign - CyberSAFE in Schools.

DiGi online safety videos 

Photo - Cyber-stalking educational video from DiGi

 

DiGi Telecommunications [DiGi] had continued its national online safety campaign for children with the release of new public service announcement videos, which tackle three of the most common cyber risks.

DiGi's CyberSAFE in Schools programme manager Philip Ling said the three most common online risks faced by schoolchildren are cyber-bullying, cyber-grooming, and cyber-stalking.

The 'National Survey 2014: CyberSAFE in Schools' report found that 83 percent of Malaysian schoolchildren are vulnerable to online risks due to minimal protective actions. Another earlier study - 'Safety Net - Growing awareness among Malaysian school children on staying safe online'- showed that 88 percent of students said it was important to learn ways to keep themselves safe online but 38 percent admitted to not knowing how to. The survey also revealed that 4 in 10 parents have never spoken to their children on the need to protect themselves online, with less than half admitting to not having parental control.

Ling said the main purpose of these public service announcement videos [hosted on safeinternet.my], under the DiGi CyberSAFE in Schools programme, was to educate school children and share tips on how to handle risk situations.

He said the videos support DiGi's CyberSAFE in Schools awareness workshops, which to date have reached more than 70,000 students and 4,000 teachers - with more than 850 ICT teachers being trained as ambassadors on cyber safety awareness. "We believe these fun educational videos will be able to grab the attention of more schoolchildren, who can relate what they've seen on the video with their real life experiences."

"More importantly, the lessons in the video are aimed at addressing the online child safety risks that were identified in the recent CyberSAFE in Schools National Survey Report 2014," said Ling. "For instance, the cyber-stalking video is aimed at addressing the fact that on average, 70 percent of schoolchildren are not concerned with the invasion of their privacy or the anonymity of the person they interact with online. This, in turn, is intended to push them into taking the necessary actions to be more cautious when using the internet."

The DiGi CyberSAFE in Schools programme advocates a safer internet for Malaysians with the key objective of empowering Malaysian children with strong digital resiliency skills towards digital citizenship. This is made possible through a strategic partnership between DiGi and the Ministry of Education Malaysia, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, CyberSecurity Malaysia, Childline Malaysia and Protect and Save the Children.

Find out more about the DiGi CyberSAFE in Schools programme at https://digi.cybersafe.my/

 

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