Posted on October 11, 2017

In line with Vodafone’s commitment to promote online safety across the community, Vodafone held a “Connected Families” workshop at Qatar Foundation Recreation Centre, to help parents gain confidence in allowing their children to access the internet safely. Parents of children from three schools that operate under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation’s Pre-University Education- Qatar Academy Doha, Qatar Academy Sidra and Awsaj Academy, benefitted from the workshop.

This comes as part of Vodafone’s AmanTECH online safety programme, which aims to empower parents and support them in equipping their children with the right tools to navigate the digital world. The Connected Families workshops are short events that use interactive activity stations to explore important topics like cyberbullying, online gaming and different approaches to digital parenting. The events provide a great opportunity for parents to come together to ask questions, share experiences and learn more about internet safety. Each workshop runs for two hours with attendees rotating between the different stations.

Mr. Mohammed Al Yami, Director of External Affairs at Vodafone Qatar, said: “Across the Vodafone Group, we have a wealth of experience in developing industry-leading initiatives to help parents and children navigate the online world. We are committed to ensuring that children are given the opportunity to make the most of communication technologies for their development while also instilling healthy online habits. We want to ensure parents are well equipped and prepared to keep up with what their children are doing online.”

Mr. Paul Nery, Primary School principal said, at Qatar Academy Doha: "I believe internet security and safety are extremely important issues for today’s parents to understand, without them our children can be exposed to serious safety issues. As parents, without safeguards, we may not have any ideas about what our children may be viewing or how they may be “groomed" or made vulnerable to very bad influences." Dr. Donald Francis, Director, Awsaj Academy, said: “Such workshops are a great opportunity for our parents. As a part of our team, we are excited that parents have this educational opportunity regarding electronic learning and safety so we can all support our students on how to safely navigate the internet and counter cyberbullying and be 21st century ready.”

AmanTech works through a three-pronged approach to reach out to parents and children aged between 5 and 17 with a focus on awareness, education and technical support. The AmanTech programme includes ongoing workshops, an online source for information and tips for parents [], where online magazines and a digital parenting guide is also available.