Posted on November 16, 2019

Vodafone Qatar’s award-winning digital safety programme, AmanTECH, has launched a campaign to empower parents with the tools to manage the risks faced by children on the internet and ensure their digital wellbeing.

The campaign falls in line with a continuous programme of digital safety activities that Vodafone Qatar has delivered since AmanTECH’s launch in 2014 which to date has engaged more than 50,000 children, parents and teachers. Its new launched Augmented Reality (AR) game app helps children learn online safety through four interactive fun activities. The activities promote user-friendly do’s and don’ts and pointers on creating a strong password, preventing cyberbullying, identifying fake messages and protecting personal information on the internet, and how to safely share photos and information on social media.

After passing all four levels, the player becomes an AmanTECH Hero and is awarded with an AmanTECH e-certificate. The AmanTECH AR game app is suitable for children 7 years to 13 years old, and can be downloaded on tablets or smartphones from the Apple store and Google Play store. As part of the Company’s efforts to engage the community, Vodafone has taken its AmanTECH AR game to a number of malls and public events, and several AmanTECH school workshops have been held this year. Earlier this month, a series of interactive activities was presented at the Digital Youth Festival (Tumuha Tec), held on the side-lines of the Qatar Information Technology Conference & Exhibition 2019 (QITCOM).

Vodafone’s digital safety programme 2 [qatarisbooming.com].jpg

Recently, Vodafone Qatar revealed the results of its research following 20 online safety workshops at primary schools. Issues brought to the fore included excessive time spent by children online (up to eight hours) and the communication between parents and children about screen time. The findings highlighted the need for a wider and more open conversation about screen use and some of the risks involved. AmanTECH, which stands for a “safe tech world”, aims to promote digital literacy amongst parents and improve the online safety of children aged 5 to 17 by raising awareness, providing education and technical support. Online resources available to parents include a digital parenting guide, and several free-to-download Vodafone AmanTECH ‘How to…’ guides with ideas on how to help children navigate the online world safely.

Details of the AmanTECH programme’s upcoming and activities, and online information and tips for parents are accessible at www.vodafone.qa/AmanTECH.

Categories: