Google launches Arabic online safety course for teachers

The digital citizenship course is found on the Google for Education website.
Updated 08 February 2018
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Google launches Arabic online safety course for teachers

On Safer Internet Day — February 6 — Google announced the launch of an online safety course in Arabic (g.co/DigitalCitizenshipCourseAR). The course is designed to help teachers and parents learn how to create a safe and positive experience online for students. By taking the course, teachers will learn how to integrate online safety learning and activities into their classroom curriculum. Google also published localized video tutorials on YouTube that will offer children online safety tips like how to protect their devices, how to strengthen their sign-ins and how to avoid scams.
The digital citizenship course, which is found on the Google for Education website, focuses on four areas:
l Safety on the go — importance of strong passwords, how locking the mobile device helps protect personal information, how to avoid potentially harmful downloads, understanding the difference between private and public WiFi networks, and how to use the latter safely.
l Safe browsing — how to distinguish between legitimate and dubious sources of information and how to incorporate best practices to critically evaluate online sources of information.
l Safety from phishing and scams — how to recognize potential scams that happen on the web and through email, learning how to avoid them, understanding what encryption is, and how to check if a web page is encrypted.
l Online reputation management — understanding why privacy matters, how to help students identify and report inappropriate behavior, and help them think about how to conduct themselves online, even in the face of difficult situations.
Joyce Baz, head of communications at Google in MENA, said: “As people do more online everyday, they need to be able to connect and explore the web with confidence and trust to get the most out of it. We want to build a safer web for everyone so that it remains a positive, safe place that inspires everyone to do and discover more. We take online safety and the safety of the Internet seriously with our products, tools, shared resources, as well as industry partnerships.”
According to a 2017 YouGov poll that surveyed 1000 millennials (ages 18-30) in the UAE, 56 percent of respondents said their parents or school teachers never spoke to them about the importance of strong passwords and online safety (54 percent in Saudi Arabia, 60 percent in Egypt).


Saudi Agriculture Exhibition 2018 a success

Updated 15 October 2018
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Saudi Agriculture Exhibition 2018 a success

Saudi Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Abdul Rahman Al-Fadli inaugurated the Saudi Agriculture Exhibition 2018 on Oct. 8 at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center.
The three-day event, which is organized by the Riyadh Exhibitions Company, saw the participation of global leaders coming from more than 33 countries to explore investment opportunities within the country’s agricultural sector. Al-Fadli, along with several senior officials, toured the exhibition and was briefed on the latest technologies, machines, solutions and services by local and international exhibitors.
The event aims to serve as a strategic platform to promote the agricultural sector to enhance sustainable agriculture and rural area development.
Now in its 37th year, the Saudi Agriculture Exhibition continues to attract international and regional visitors looking to explore emerging trends and developments in the Saudi agricultural sector, with unlimited government support to stimulate agricultural investment.
During its participation in this year’s show, the National Center for Palm and Dates revealed that it has now reached over 4,000 local and around 1,400 international outlets. The announcement complements their continuing efforts to become a premier exporter of dates through a reliable trademark known for its quality and safety — facilitating the marketing and e-marketing of Saudi dates on both the local and global fronts.
Mohammad Al-Sheikh, head of marketing, Riyadh Exhibitions Company, praised the “unlimited support of the Saudi government for the success of the exhibition.”
“This year’s edition has attracted thousands of visitors from inside and outside the Kingdom to learn about new developments within the local agricultural sector, which has promising prospects and is expected to help accelerate the growth of livestock, fisheries and agriculture sectors, in line with the ‘Sustainable Agricultural Rural Area Development Program,’” he said.