Celebrate Safer Internet Day today!

 

Athens, 8 February 2016

Safer Internet Day 2016 is on Tuesday 9 February and “The Smile of the Child” in cooperation with Microsoft and Wind are raising awareness among students and parents through different events taking place in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece.

On Tuesday, 9 February, “The Smile of the Child” in cooperation with Microsoft Hellas will co-organise a public event with the participation of more than 100 students. The aim of this event that will be held under the aegis of the Office of the European Parliament in Greece is to highlight the ever increasing role of the internet in the lives of children as a useful tool of knowledge and education and minimize, at the other hand, the threats and risks for their safety.

The event will be interactive as there will be a dialogue on a true story of a teenager, victim of cyber-bullying. Psychologists of “The Smile of the Child” and experts of Microsoft Hellas and the Hellenic Association for the Study of Internet Addiction Disorder will take part in this event and will provide guidance on the issue.

 

A team of the Greek Organization will also take part in a similar event in Thessaloniki on the same day which will be also organised by Microsoft Hellas in cooperation with the Cyber-Crime Unit of the Hellenic Police. 

One day earlier, on Monday 8 February “The Smile of the Child” and Wind co-organise an awareness raising event for parents. Psychologists of “The Smile of the Child will speak about the safe use of internet and the risks of the misuse of online technology. Emphasis will be given to the proper use of social media, the phenomenon of internet addiction and its damaging effects for young people as well as the serious problem of cyber-bullying.

Safer Internet Day is celebrated today in many countries. Safer Internet Day (SID) is organized by “Insafe” and occurs every February. Its aim is to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.Safer Internet Day 2016 will be celebrated in over 100 nations around the world.

The Day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.

From 2007 The Smile of the Child has established a dedicated and specialized team for Students, Parents and Teachers. The aim of this action is to inform the general public on serious issues related to children. Psychologists and Social Workers in cooperation with the Ministry of Education are next to school communities on a daily basis and nationwide, performing interactive interventions of prevention. In 2014 alone, The Smile of the Child conducted 614 interventions among school communities across Greece to a total number of 35.279 students.

For more information on the press release, please contact our team at press@hamogelo.gr or +30 210 33 06 140.