SAFER INTERNET PROGRAM LAUNCHED IN ARMENIA

NOYAN TAPAN
FEBRUARY 10, 2010
YEREVAN

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 10, NOYAN TAPAN: Safer Internet Month Program
launched on February 9. In the frame of the Safer Internet Month Media
Education Center in partnership with Microsoft Armenia, World Vision
and Internet Society of Armenia will hold a series of seminars and
public discussions.

The Safer Internet-Armenia program is developed now, the program will
be aimed at raising public awareness about safe and responsible usage
of the Internet and fighting illegal and obscene content on the world
wide web. According to coordinator of Safer Internet initiative in
Armenia, Narine Khachatryan, opening new unprecedented opportunities
the global communication network are accompanied with a number of
risks, especially for children. According to the information of UN,
children and youth spend their time in Internet where there are 750
vile people.

"The rules of conduct in virtual networks are similar to the norms
of behavior in usual real life," Microsoft Armenia Country Director
Grigor Barseghyan said. "The company created a new "Computer Security
and Personal Data Protection" manual, which armenian varient can be
download from "http://www.mlg.am" www.mlg.am website.

A Safer Internet Armenia website has already been developed
(www.saferinternet.nt.am) with links to and a collection of teaching
and learning resources devoted to e-safety and social networking.

According to the Director of Media Education Center, Haykaz Baghyan,
examined more than 10 000 educational websites and created Directory
of 3 000 safe links to educational sites.

Currently, activities are underway to wider involve educational
institutions, Armenian business community and local municipal
authorities, as well as to raise public awareness.

In the frame of the Safer Internet Program drawing/posters competitions
for 5-8 year-old children and the quiz for 9-15 year olds are to be
held focusing on this year theme "Think Be4 U Post"