580 teachers complete cyber safety training
May 26 2017 11:23 PM
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Some 580 male and female teachers from more than 300 private, public, and international schools across Qatar have completed the Haseen Internet safety and security awareness programme. The participants are now ready to act as Haseen ambassadors and train other staff within their schools.
Training workshops were recently held by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education where teachers were educated on the cyber safety topics that Haseen covers along with best practices, and how to use the Haseen search engine.
The MoTC has collaborated with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to make Arabic and English cyber safety multimedia content which can be integrated into subject
classes.
“We are glad to have achieved our goal; providing such a number of Haseen ambassadors, something which reflects how deeply the MoTC believes in the importance of raising cyber safety awareness amongst young people, as well as instructors and parents,” said Reem al-Mansoori, assistant undersecretary, Digital Society Development at MoTC.
Fawzia al-Khater, assistant undersecretary for educational affairs at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, said that the joint efforts between the two ministries have produced a portal with a search engine for a number of educational activities related to Internet safety, designed using multimedia (video, animation, written and audio files, online self-assessments). Such media aligns with the standards of subjects such as Arabic, English and the Value Education Framework. Teachers have been trained in how to use the portal and integrate activities
into daily lesson plans.
Haseen targets students from grades 1 to 12. It provides students with fundamental ICT competencies and knowledge to safeguard the responsible, safe, and ethical use of technologies. It offers teachers an online portal, which has almost 150 learning resources on cyber safety topics in different formats. The portal also provides over 350 detailed learning activities that use the learning resources and can be used with children at schools during Arabic, English and
Ethics classes.  
Teachers can choose the educational resources (animation, video, worksheets, audio clips, animated quizzes and interactive web programmes) that provide cyber safety content integrated with into the lesson, and the student can then practice using the activities attached to the
resource.  
Haseen is one of a number of cyber safety initiatives the MoTC is providing to ensure that children, families and the community benefit from the Internet but do so safely and responsibly.



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