February 24, 2012 - 13:43 AMT
500 Armenian provincial schools to host open lessons on internet safety

On February 7, Media Education Center NGO launched Safe Internet Armenia 2012 project through support of Orange Armenia. 300 high school teachers have already been trained in the framework of this project, with over 6000 schoolchildren having participated in open lessons.

Since the launch of the project, www.safe.am website has had more than 7000 visits, the safe internet on-line game has been played over 5700 times, and the educational and parental materials have been downloaded more than 3800 times.

The success of the project has led to the involvement of new partners, namely National Center of Educational Technologies, the cooperation contributing to the project extension especially in the provinces of Armenia. Over 500 schools will host open lessons on internet safety, involving more than 10,000 schoolchildren in Aragatsotn, Tavush, Lori, Syunik and other provinces.

All those concerned over the nature and safety of the Internet content can visit the website www.safe.am which provides all necessary information on safe internet surfing in the Armenian language.

On January 19, 2012, through the initiative of the European Union, 25 companies representing the information and communications technology sector signed a declaration on Safer Internet for Children expressing their dedication to ensuring safe online environment, especially for children. Along with France Telecom Orange, the declaration has been signed by such companies as Google, Facebook, Deutsche Telekom, RIM, Nokia, Telecom Italia, Vodafone and others.