Posted on March 14, 2016

Vodafone Qatar is organising a Treasure Hunt at Ezdan Mall from Thursday March 17 to Saturday 19 March that aims to inform parents about how to keep their children safe in the digital world and to encourage them to have an open dialogue with their children about these matters. The treasure hunt involves a number of puzzles about the digital world today that parents need to solve in collaboration with their children to win great prizes. This comes under the banner of AmanTECH, Vodafone’s aid programme for online child safety. Launched in May 2014, AmanTech, which stands for “safe tech world”, aims at promoting digital literacy amongst parents and improving children’s digital safety.

Vodafone Qatar to hold events to 2 [].jpgMohamed Al Sadah, Chief Operating Officer of Vodafone Qatar, said: “Vodafone relies on its many years of experience helping parents keep their children safe. We have understood the local context and coupled that with our international track record to bring about a programme in Qatar that we really believe will make a difference. We aim to empower parents and to help them equip their children with the right tools and understanding to navigate the digital world safely and to take full advantage of its benefits. We are strongly committed to making AmanTech a long-term programme that will touch many people in Qatar especially parents and, certainly, our children and youth.”

In 2016, AmanTech will reach out to parents and children aged between the ages of 5 to 17. The programme will adopt a three-pronged approach with a focus on awareness, education and technical support. This will entail ongoing school parental workshops throughout 2016, an online source for information and tips for parents [], online magazines, in addition to digital parenting guide available in stores and online.

Dana Haidan, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Vodafone Qatar, said: “What parents are looking for, today, is a one-stop-shop which will tell them everything they need to know about the safety of their children such as choosing safety controls, mobile controls, limiting screen-time, choosing social networks, dealing with cyberbullying, self-harm, liaising with schools and the list goes on. With Vodafone’s AmanTech, parents now have reliable sources to do that.”

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As the digital world becomes ever more portable, it is becoming harder for parents to know what their children are up to online. Nearly half of Qatari children aged 8-15 own a smartphone, and 76% of children aged 9-16 have a social network profile. The average Qatari 9-16 year-old spends over 3 hours per day on the net. Haidan added: “This is a considerable amount of time spent by people of different age groups online. While technologies are changing and evolving, some uses – especially those of children – are somehow still the same. For example, children remain highly involved in gaming. It is therefore crucial that we ensure youth are surrounded with a healthy technology-driven atmosphere and that we don’t miss out on the extraordinary benefits of this revolutionary era in human communications.”