du held its third educational session on cyber safety awareness for 122 students at the GEMS Founders School in Dubai. The du Technology, Risk and Security Management Team (TSRM) spoke to school students in grade eight, showed videos and conducted engaging activities, with the aim to build children’s critical-thinking skills related to internet usage, and help them identify dangers online.
“At du, as a telecom operator, we believe that educating everyone in the UAE on the importance of cyber-safety is our responsibility. We demonstrated our commitment last year by sharing our #PostWisely campaign. As such, children need to be more aware of how to stay safe online as the internet can pose as a threat. At du, we believe children should also know that parents, teachers, and government authorities can all play a big role to ensure cyber safety, and that is why we have introduced these sessions to schools in the UAE,” said Abdulwahed Juma, Executive Vice President of Brand and Corporate Communications, du.
“Our key initiatives in cyber safety of education include the du Cyber Security Conference and Hackathon were we discuss and introduce the threats posed by cybersecurity, and the opportunities it provides for technological development,” he added.
During the cyber safety awareness sessions du’s Technology, Risk and Security Management Team discussed important topics to students; these included internet safety, cyberbullying, social media, the importance of reporting bad behaviour, and self-image and identity. du aims to conduct further cyber safety awareness sessions at other schools across the UAE.