Seef District, Kingdom of Bahrain – Sunday, 27th of March 2016
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of Bahrain organized a number of “Internet Safety” workshops between the 15th and 16th of March, 2016 where the results of the “National Internet Safety Review” (NISR) were shared with the key stakeholders.
The workshops were attended by representatives from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs, Internet Service Providers (Zain, Viva and Mena Telecom), NGO’s (Befree) and various school faculty members. Attendees were given a presentation by Professors Julia Davidson and Elena Martellozzo – criminologist on the findings of the National Internet Safety Review (NISR) study, after which discussions took place on possible collaboration going forward.
“One of the most important issues is that stakeholders such as educators, law enforcement, health professionals, and especially ISP’s should work hand in hand towards raising awareness of online risks.”, Says Professor Davidson. Professor Martellozzo also added “One of the main recommendations we’ve made is that it’s important to keep pace with changes of online behavior, to monitor these changes and to intervene proactively rather than reactively.”
Various stakeholders present at the workshops expressed great interest in the results of the study and exchanged their own experiences with regards to past and ongoing initiatives on raising online safety awareness.
“This really has to be a joint effort if we’re going to make a lasting impact, and we should aim for that.”, Says TRA Cyber Safety Manager, Ms. Mariam Al Mannai. continued “Both the 2010 and 2016 reports contain a base of knowledge to guide us on what needs to be given the most attention. We’re glad to see a high level of interest and willingness to commit to raising awareness and fostering a safe cyber environment among stakeholders, however if a foundation is to be built on facing the imminent threat of Cyberbullying among other online risks, all of us have to act in a proactive, multilateral manner and there needs to be a shared strategy.”
Following the workshops, TRA and the consulting Professors will finalize the recommendations in the NISR report which will be then shared with the public.
Since its establishment in 2002, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the Kingdom of Bahrain has been working with government, consumers, operators and investors to develop the country into the region’s most modern communications hub and to facilitate the growth of the market. As an exemplary Regulator for the region, TRA Bahrain independently carries out its duties in a transparent and non-discriminatory manner. More information about TRA can be viewed at www.tra.org.bh.
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