First launched in 2010, SafeSpace is an online cybersafety platform based on three fundamental principles: prevention, protection and empowerment. Its goal is to guide the community of Qatar and the Arab region towards a safer and more responsible use of Information and Communication Technologies. With the launch of the updated platform design, the Ministry of Transport and Communications has re-envisioned the current platform by adopting a human-centered approach and a brand-new user experience for greater interaction across different age groups.
The SafeSpace platform essentially caters to young people, caregivers and educators. It is equipped with valuable information and resources on cyber safety and security, provides educational games and tips, and up-to-date insights on cyberbullying to help parents and teachers protect children against those threats. Additionally, the platform offers two unique educational programs called Digital Literacy Curriculum and HASEEN. Each program includes extensive courses - in both English and Arabic – accompanied by a wide range of online resources to provide high-quality training for institutions, schools and homes. The content can be easily accessed via safespace.qa.
SafeSpacce is also promoting a new children's cartoon (Salem and Salma) about twins exposed to situations that establish the values of safety on the Internet and offers guidance tips for children in a fun and entertaining way.
The website has special sections for parents, teachers, kids and teens. Currently the content comprises of:
A cyber safety self-assessment quiz; information on filtering software, spam, viruses and phishing; clear tips on how to protect their children online; FAQs; and information on how to report problems.
A cyber safety self-assessment quiz; information on how to talk to students about cyber safety; and will soon have lesson plans for different grade levels.
Clear information on important issues such as cyber bullying, online chatting, social networking, mobile phones, privacy and inappropriate content. There is also a playground that features a game on cyber bullying, as well as videos on cyber safety. Kids can also ask Saif questions.
Clear information on issues such as social networking, chatting, online gaming, judging online content and copyrights. Information on how to seek help is also included.
SafeSpace.qa will continue to grow and new information and resources will be added regularly. Visit the site often so you can be sure you are doing all you can to keep your children safe in cyber space.