As growing numbers young Malaysians start exploring the Internet, DiGi has launched a cohesive outreach programme that advocates safe Internet usage.
With key support from the Malaysian Ministry of Education, CyberSecurity Malaysia, and the NGO Childline Malaysia, the DiGi CyberSAFE Programme aims to educate participants on how to protect themselves against online threats and cybercrime by equipping them with the right tools to enjoy a secure Internet experience.
“DiGi has an ambition to enable Internet for All, giving people from all walks of life the opportunity to reap the full potential of the Internet and help our nation achieve its goal of becoming a high-income and developed country. With the increasing rate of cyber crimes particularly targeting children, we want to mobilise an online community, the younger generation, that is aware of safety and privacy issues, and are adequately protected against the possible dangers on the net,” says Henrik Clausen CEO of DiGi.
Playing an active role
“To mobilise an online community that is aware of safety and privacy issues, and are adequately protected against the possible dangers on the net, we need to equip teachers and parents with the knowledge and monitoring tools to protect children from negative influences on the web, and provide education and right guidance to inculcate good judgement and appropriate cyber conduct amongst the younger generation,” says Zaiton Idrus, DiGi’s Head of Corporate Affairs.
During 2012, a total of 4,194 students and 832 teachers from 272 schools were visited, and at the 14 Community Broadband Centres that DiGi operates an additional 1,729 people from rural, underserved communities also took part in the training.
“In a very short time, we have managed to lay a strong foundation for a safer Internet ecosystem and today, we are actively positioning our own experts on the field to create awareness on safer Internet usage. We are committed to continue exploring and pursuing strategic avenues to ensure a family-friendly and safe Internet experience for all Malaysians,” adds Zaiton.
As a leader in the fight for a safer digital environment, DiGi was invited as the only private ICT sector partner to the UNICEF-UN Global Compact Malaysia launch of the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, a global initiative that Telenor Group has been supporting since its inception.