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CyberEthics concerns the safe use of Internet in Cyprus, and serves the needs of all people that live on the island (i.e., also Turkish Cypriots and other minorities) addressing not only issues of pornography, but also racism (currently on the rise in Cyprus), gender discrimination and inappropriate use of peoples’ images. It operates as a combined Awareness Node and a Hotline.
| Formal Project Description
- To continue providing internet safety awareness through its awareness center which aims to inform children, their parents and teachers about better and safer use of the Internet.
- To continue providing online Helpline services for reporting and dealing with harmful contact (grooming), conduct (cyberbullying) and content.
- To continue providing a Hotline for receiving and managing reports and data on online illegal child sexual abuse.
- devise inventive, attention-grabbing and informative awareness campaigns using the most
appropriate media, taking into account best practice and experience in other countries, which may involve the participation of children and young people;
- establish and maintain formal or informal partnerships and promote dialogue and exchange of
information with key players (government agencies, press and media groups, ISP associations, user organisations, education stakeholders) and actions in their country on to safer use of the Internet and other online technologies;
- inform the intended target groups about European filtering software and services and in particular
about the study on benchmarking filtering software and services, about hotlines and helplines and selfregulation schemes through using cost-effective means of distribution of information to large numbers of users (multiplier organisations, electronic dissemination channels, mass media, information material distributed to schools and to Internet cafés);
- actively cooperate with other centres in the European network by exchanging information about best
practice, participating in meetings and designing and implementing a European approach;
- hold regional meetings and conferences involving participation from other countries. These events
have to be considered appropriate by the European Commission and by the European network coordinator and the Safer Internet Centre needs to give advance warning of such events. Failure to meet these conditions could mean that the costs of the event are not recognised as eligible costs.
- take an active part in European-level events and in the organisation of regional and local events for
Safer Internet Day;
- where appropriate, support preparations for the Safer Internet Forum by holding national events on
the topics to be discussed there;
- where appropriate, cooperate with other actions under the Safer Internet programme;
- where considered appropriate by the European Commission, cooperate with non-EU countries by
exchanging information about best practice, sharing awareness tools, participating in international meetings, and hosting visits.