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).


Box office sales exceed $500 million in Middle East

Updated 15 October 2018
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Box office sales exceed $500 million in Middle East

Box office revenue exceeded $500 million in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, according to a research by PricwaterhouseCooper (PwC), a professional services firm and the knowledge partner of the MENA Cinema Forum.
This is about 1.25 percent of the global box office revenue of $39.92 billion recorded last year, up 3 percent from 2016, according to ComScore.
“The box office turnover in the MENA region would have reached $500-$550 million in 2017,” said Dr. Martin Berlin, partner and global deals real estate leader at PWC.
“The biggest opportunities will come from the opening of the Saudi market, followed by the opportunity from sophisticated pricing mechanisms where cinema operators offer price differentiations based on particular timings and days — to help increase box office revenues. Additionally, premium screening is another way of optimizing revenues.”
The research, to be released at the inaugural two-day MENA Cinema Forum — the first ever business conference of its kind for the regional market will be held at the Grand Hyatt from Oct. 28-29 — will offer a detailed overview on the current situation and future growth potential of the cinema industry in the MENA region.
More than 45 speakers will discuss cinema-related issues — challenges and opportunities — in front of an audience of 450 industry professionals, businessmen, over 90 sponsors and delegates from 30 countries across the world. 
Leila Masinaei, managing director of GM Events, organizer of the MENA Cinema Forum, said: “The opening of the cinema industry in Saudi Arabia — the largest Arab economy — is a game-changer that is opening new windows for foreign investors and cinema operators to offer the best experience to the upwardly mobile young men and women in the Kingdom.
“The changes in Saudi Arabia have opened up a lot of opportunities for industry leaders who are looking at the Kingdom as the fastest growing market for entertainment.”
More than $3.54 billion invested in cinemas across the Gulf is expected to help the region’s cinema industry expand manifold following Saudi Arabia’s historic decision to open up the sector 35 years after cinemas were banned in the Kingdom.