PHOTO – Students from SMK Padang Temu discuss the DiGi CyberSAFE programme.
Malaysian telco DiGi, which is spreading cyber safety messages to more rural communities, has run a series of workshops during May for children, parents and teachers in Terengganu.
Focusing on online safety for children, the workshops educated about 560 people in communities such as Kuala Berang, Bukit Diman, Pasir Gajah and Taman Semarak Binjai, said DiGi head of Eastern region, Jennifer Neal.
Neal said that this sequence of the DiGi CyberSAFE Programme marked its first outreach to communities on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. “Following this, DiGi will be extending its road shows to more schools and communities in Sabah, Sarawak, Penang, Perak, Kelantan and Pahang.”
“As a leading enabler of Internet for all Malaysians with more than five million active mobile Internet subscribers, it is DiGi’s duty to educate communities around the country to ensure that they have a safe, family-friendly Internet experience,” she said. “These workshops are increasingly relevant to the residents of Terengganu as it is the state with the highest Internet penetration rate in the Eastern Region at 58.9 percent, according to statistics from the national regulator Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).”
“While we encourage local children and communities to explore the wonders of the Internet, we also need to educate and equip them with practical knowledge on how to stay safe online,” said Neal. “DiGi will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Education, CyberSecurity and Childline to scale up efforts to raise awareness of this important national issue.”
The DiGi CyberSAFE programme started in the Klang Valley in November 2011, and has since reached 2,300 students, teachers and parents from 117 schools in the Klang Valley, Putrajaya, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Johor and Malacca.
The DiGi CyberSAFE Programme is collaboration between the Ministry of Education, national agency CyberSecurity Malaysia, non-profit project Childline Malaysia and DiGi to address the important national issue of Online Child Safety.
The principal of one of the schools, Sekolah Kebangsaan Kuala Berang’s Ahmad Fuad bin Zakaria, said: “The DiGi CyberSAFE programme held in Terengganu is very timely as the state government has provided digital notebooks or e-books to all Standard 4 to 6 students in the state.”
“To date, I understand that 93,000 digital notebooks or e-books have been given out,” said Ahmad Fuad. “As students in our state increase their interaction with technology, they also need to be educated on cyber safety, so that they are empowered to fully use the Internet in a safe and responsible manner.”
To complement these roadshows, a guidebook is made available to provide parents, caregivers and educators with information and recommendations on the best ways to establish a safer Internet experience for their children and charges.