Safer Internet Armenia Program Launched

February 09, 2016. On February 09, Safer Internet Day, the Safer Internet Armenia program is launched aimed at promoting safe and effective usage of the Internet and other ICTs. The program has been carried out in Armenia since 2009 and widely supported since 2012, when Orange Armenia joined the initiative in an effort to raise awareness about Internet risks, privacy and security issues through training programs for schools and information campaigns. Read reports about Safer Internet Armenia 2016 from Panorama, Noyan Tapan.












Safer Internet Day 2016 – ‘Play your part for a better internet’

January 28, 2016. Safer Internet Day 2016 will be celebrated all over the world on Tuesday, 9th February with the slogan ‘Play your part for a better internet. February 9th marks the start of the Safer Internet Armenia 2016 Program in the capital city of Yerevan and regions. Safer Internet Armenia is aimed at equipping young people and parents, schoolchildren and teachers with up-to-date information and educational resources required for effective and creative use of the Internet and online technologies in everyday life and education. This year open lessons in Internet safety, parnet-teacher meetings and teacher training workshops will be organised in Yerevan and Armenian regions. During workshops practical solutions related to safer usage of ICTs will be discussed, educational materials will be provided, and a new educational portal for teachers and school children will be launched.





Data Privacy Day: Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data, Enabling Trust

January 28 , 2016. January 28 is a Data Privacy Day, an international holiday aimed to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. Data Privacy Day's educational focus has expanded over 1the past four years to include families, consumers and businesses. In addition to its educational initiative, Data Privacy Day promotes events and activities that stimulate the development of technology tools that promote individual control over personally identifiable information; encourage compliance with privacy laws and regulations; create dialogues among stakeholders.











Children Online Safety Issues Discussed at ARMSec 2015

December 5, 2015. ICT usage by minors, associated risks, protection and empowerment strategies have been presented to participants of ARMSec 2015, a primary security 1conference of the OWASP Armenia Chapter held on December 05 at the American University of Armenia. ARMSec http://armsec.org/ has gathered cyber security professionals from academia, civil society, government and educational intitutions of Armenia. A wide range of topics from realtime systems Information protection, strategies against social engeneering to encryption for dummies and cybersecurity awareness have been discussed at the conference. Safer Internet Armenia's presentation can be accessed here.  








Media Education Center Participates in 1st Internet Governance Forum in Armenia


September 7-8, 2015. Media Education Center participated in ArmIGF- the First Armenian Internet Governance Forum: Issues related to children safety on the Internet, cybersecurity education, international cooperation and strategies, as well as best practices were presented during the panel (recording) by Safer Internet Armenia coordinator Narine Khachatryan. Issues related to online education were discuused at the relevant session on Didital Content with input from Media Education Center director Haykaz Baghyan. Media educators of Safer Internet Armenia actively participated in various sessions.











Media Education Center Participates in EuroDIG 2015 in Sofia

June 4-5, 2015. Media Education Center participated in the European Dialog of Internet Governance (EuroDIG) on 4-5 June 2015 in Sofia. The workshop 'Should I Click for Internet Governance? Where?' disscussed the connection between Internet access, empowerment and active and meaningful participation in a digital society and in Internet governance processes and a number of other issues, including, 'Why is active participation important for the sustainable development of the (digital) society and for efficient Internet governance processes? How is the Internet empowering stakeholders to participate in the economic, social, cultural and political development of the (digital) society?  What is the connection between Internet access, empowerment and active and meaningful participation in the digital society and in Internet governance processes? Media Education Center's Messages, concluding the outcomes of discussions in Armenia, can be accessed here.


Winners of the Best Open Lesson and Best Teacher-Parents Meeting Announced 

April 12, 2015. Winners of the Best Open Lesson and the Best Teacher-Parents Meeting have been announced:

1Marieta Davtyan – Yerevan Secondary School after Misak Metsarents,
Lusine Balayan - High School N 198 of Armenia's Ministry of Education and Science (Yerevan),
Naira Avetisyan - Yerevan Secondary School N 20 after John Kirakosian,
Meline Hakobyan - Yerevan Secondary School N 33 after Michael Nalbandyan,
Marine Harutyunyan - Yerevan Secondary School N 154,
Maria Lisitsina - Ohanian Educational Complex of Yerevan,
Ruzan Simonyan – Vagharshapat Secondary School N 3 after H. Hovhannisyan of the Armavir region,
Anush Ghevondyan - Vanadzor School N 18 of the Lori region,
Anush Torosyan - Vanadzor Secondary School N 19 after Raffee of the Lori region,
Hasmik Movsisyan - Artashat Secondary School N 22 after Hovhannes Tumanyan of the Ararat region.


Safe.Am a Nominee for ArmNet Award 2015

March 30, 2015 Safer Internet Armenia's web site Safe.am has been chosen as a finalist in the ArmNet Awards 12015 Competition in the category of 'Social Impact'. 140 participants have been competing for the title of “The Best” in 5 categories: 'Design and Usability - website', 'Design and Usability - mobile application', 'Innovation', 'Content' and 'Social Impact'. Read more







Open Lessons and Parent-Teacher Meetings in frames of Safer Internet Armenia 2015

Open Lessons and Parent-Teacher Meetings have been held in Armenian schools. Safer Internet Armenia 2015 is implemented by Media Education Center, Internet Society of Armenia and Orange in cooperation with Yerevan Municipality and National Center of Educational technologies of Armenia's Ministry of Education and Science. Over 50 new Internet Literacy Lesson Plans, Parent-Teacher Meeting Plans have been uploaded to our web site. You can see pictures and videos from Open Lessons, as well as Power Point Presentations. Our Video Gallery has been completed with new works of teachers and pupils. Over 120 Armenian schools have joined the European eSafetylabel.eu Community during our workshops.


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Yerevan School N 198 Vanadzor School after Raffi N 19 Artashat School after Tumanyan N 12
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Ashtarak School N 2

Vagharshapat School N 3

Gavar School after Tumanyan N 3
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Yerevan School after Metsarents N 146

Gavar School after Tumanyan N 3

Vanadzor School after Khorenatsyi N 17
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Yerevan School after Nalbandyan N 33 Yerevan School after Kirakosyan N 20 Ohanian Educational Complex
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Koghb School N 2 Koghb School N 2 Pshatavan School of Armavir marz
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Yerevan School N 135 after Gagik Stepanyan Yerevan School N 60 Yerevan School after Hayrapetyan N 78
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Koghb School N 2 of Tavush region. Armine Abovyan Yerevan School N 164 after Safaryan. Anzhelika Hakobyan Orran benevolent non-governmental organisation. Marianna Tovmasyan
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Ijevan school N 3. Mariam Aidinyan Kapan School N 5. Anahit Aghagulyan Stepanavan School N 2. Narine Gaginyan


Assessment of Internet Safety and Security of Schools Training Underway in Yerevan

Over 100 teachers of secondary schools of Yerevan's 7 districts participated in the 'Assessment of Internet 1Safety and Security of Schools' training held in frames of the Safer Internet Armenia 2015 project. Teachers from two more districts in Yerevan, Malatia - Sebastia and Shengavit, to take part in the training within the coming week.  See Pictures here...

'Safer Internet Armenia 2015' project, a joint initiative of Media Education Center, Internet Society of Armenia and Orange, is designed to help schools create safe, secure and efficient learning environments. Armenian Schools are assisted to become the European Schoolnet's eSafety certified schools, which will help them to provide a secure, technology-rich environment for staff and pupils. Safety and security levels of ICT environments in educational institutions will be assessed. Read more... 





Safer Internet Month 2015 Launched

Today more than 100 countries are celebrating Safer Internet Day. For the fourth time in a row on the occasion of this day Orange, the Safe Internet Committee of Armenia and Media Education Center NGO are mobilizing 1forces to the “making internet safer for children.”  In the frame of the Safe Internet Month more than 3000 pupils of 150 schools will participate in open lessons and receive relevant information and educational materials on how to use Internet safely. Orange will as well be promoting educational films to help parents understand how to protect their children from inappropriate content and experiences on internet. Special meetings with parents will be organized as well during which issues and risks related to safe Internet use will be discussed and information on technical solutions, which make Internet better for children, will be provided. This initiative will also mobilize Orange Armenia employees who will volunteer to share their knowledge and experience with Armenian parents during the month. Read more...






Safer Internet Day to be Celebrated on February 10

The Safer Internet Day will be celebrated on Tuesday 10 February 2015. The theme for the day is: "Let's create a better internet together". All stakeholders – children and young people, parents 1and carers, teachers and educators, or industry and politicians – are invited to join us in marking the day and working together to build a better internet for all.








Armenian Language Resources in UNESCO Overview of Information Literacy Resources Worldwide


December 04, 2014 Media and Information Literacy resources available in Armenian language are included in the 6UNESCO Overview of Information Literacy Resorces Worldwide. UNESCO is promoting the potential of open and inclusive technologies, free, independent and pluralistic media and information organizations to advance development in a way that enhances the rights and opportunities of people to become fully empowered citizens. Media and Information Literacy Concept introduced by UNESCO is the composite concept driven by the idea that citizens, communities and nations require a new set of competencies to access data and information, organize, evaluate for creation, utilization and communication of knowledge, so as to achieve their personal, social, professional and educational goals. Find the UNESCO Book of Information Literacy Resources here








Media Education Center at ATLAS II ICANN 50

June 20 - 26, 2014 Media Education Center participated in the Second At-Large Summit ATLAS II "Global Internet: The User 1Perspective" http://atlas.icann.org/ held as part of the 50th ICANN meeting in London, United Kingdom. On June 20-26 representatives of around 150 At-Large Structures from over 70 countries worked in 5 thematic groups and drafted a Declaration, which was presented to the Board of ICANN at its public session. Read more..








Armenian Citizens Participate in EuroDIG in Berlin

June 11 - 13, 2014. Three thematic Hubs to follow EuroDIG - European Dialog on Internet Governance Forum in 4Berlin, have been organised in Yerevan, Armenia by Media Education Center with support of the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan, ISOC Armenia, Eurasia Partnership Foundation and Yerevan State University. Topics related to hate speech and its consequences for human rights online, media literacy and child protection, network neutrality and local content, data protection and, security have been discussed by about 60 participants of the thematic hubs. The Thematic Hub 'Hate Speech and On-line Defamation and Consequences for Human Rights On-line' have distinguished by the diversity of participating civil society organisations and groups. Read more...

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Media Education Center's Fellows Completed UNESCO Course on Media Literacy

May 08, 2014. Armenian students have successfully completed the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy course organised in partnership with the Athabasca University and in cooperation with the UNESCO-UNAOC University Network on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue.  The 12-week course (March - May, 2014) has been based on the MIL Curriculum and the Freedom of Expression Toolkit published by UNESCO, a central theme throughout the course has been 'how media and information literacy can enable youth to be actively involved in intercultural dialogue, advocating for freedom of expression, gender equality'. Media Education Center's fellows Arman Mehrabyan,  Anahit Martirosyan,  Ani Paravian and  Alice Hakobyan completed the classes offered through Canada-based Athabasca University’s e-Lab.



Internet Governance Issues Discussed at Yerevan State University

April 07, 2014. Over 40 students of the Yerevan State University Departments of International Relations, 8Telecommunications, Journalism, Informatics and Applied Mathematics took part in workshop on public policy issues related to Internet Governance. The workshop was followed by the simultaneous broadcast of the Fifth Russian Internet Governance Forum. Issues related to privacy, cybersecurity, cross-border jurisdiction, net neutrality, etc discussed during the workshop. The students received the DiploFoundation's Book An Introduction to Internet Governance 5th edition. Media Education Center and Internet Society of Armenia will organise three more workshops ahead of the 7th EuroDIG Forum in Berlin. See photos









Media Education Center's Delegates at ICANN 46 Meeting in Singapore

March 27, 2014. For the first time Armenian students participated at the ICANN Meeting. The NextGen@ICANN initiated by 5NetMission.Asia is aimed to equip the youth on Internet Governance issues. A week-long conference held in conjunction with the ICANN 49th meeting in Singapore raised awareness of ICANN policy discussions among young adults. The highlight of the NextGen@ICANN was a public session where the youth delegates role played a board meeting, simulating ICANN's multi-stakeholder structure. Lusine Andreyan and Sasun Kostanyan were Media Education Center's delegates.










Safer Internet 2014. over 300 Teachers of 150 Schools Re-trained

February 24, 2014. Over 160 teachers of Yerevan's 150 secondary schools have participated in trainings between 7February 14 and February 24, the Internet Safety Module for Parents has been introduced. Over  300 teachers participated in the 'Wikipedia as a Safe Environment ' and 'Writing Articles for Wikipedia " courses.
The trainings are held in frames of the 'Safer Internet 2014' project aimed at empowering children and parents, students and educators and providing them with tools and educational materials to help use new technologies effectively and safely.
 Safer Internet Armenia 2014 is implemented by Media Education Center, Internet Society of Armenia with support of Orange Armenia,  Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia, National Center of Educational Technologies, Yerevan City Municipality. See Photos





Armenian Citizens Participate in 6th EuroDIG through Remote Hubs

June 21, 2013. Armenian citizens participated in the 6th EuroDIG Forum in Lisbon on June 20 and 21 through several hubs organised in Yerevan. The hubs were supported by the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan, Media Education Center, ISOC Armenia, Union of Information Technology Enterprises and iDITORD. The work of the Armenian Hubs enabled not only the remote participation in the Forum, but also served as a prerequisite to establish the Armenian Internet Governance Forum. Read more,. Pictures from June 20, Pictures from June 21



Armenian School Children Participate in 1st Children's Forum at ICANN in Beijing

April 12, 2013. Media Education Center, as part of the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety On-line (eNACSO), took part in the 1st 3Children’s Forum in ICANN 46 April 6-12, 2013 in Beijing. Students of the Yerevan-based Anania Shirakatsy Lyceum, recognized the best school in frames of Safer Internet Armenia 2012 Program, received the opportunity to participate in the 5 days Children's Forum, which gathered 10 children's groups and child-led organizations from all over the world. Armenian delegates, Eva Musaelyan, Arman Tsirunyan and Lily Saroyan presented their ideas and opinions about Internet issues and policies related to them. Children discussed the way forward, built the connections, participated in meetings and public forum, discussed and formulated points of new child protection policies in connection to child-related new gTLDs, addressed the ICANN public with the Declaration, spoke to the President and CEO of ICANN Fadi Chehadé. Media Education Center's expert Samvel Martirosyan participated in the ICANN 46th Public Meeting. See Photos here, Photo Courtesy of Lili Saroyan



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