Online sessions marked the month of Safe Internet
The National Republican Guard (GNR) and Microsoft, marked Safe Internet Day during February with an awareness campaign that brought together approximately 133,000 participants in 542 online sessions attended by 1,252 schools across the country.
In a period in which students and teachers are still in remote education and under the motto “Together for a safer internet”, more than 122 thousand students and close to 11 thousand teachers attended online awareness sessions on digital security and care to be taken when using the Internet.
“The participation of around 133 thousand participants, students and teachers, from 1,252 schools in the digital sessions are extremely important for us to pass the message and alert the school public to a safe and responsible use of the internet. Specific digital content has been designed with tips to be taken into account to ensure online privacy, ” stresses Major Tiago Lopes of GNR.
In the awareness-raising sessions, carried out using the Microsoft Teams tool, the topics that most concern teachers and guardians regarding the exposure of children to digital and online were addressed, namely good internet security practices, cyberbullying, internet addiction, teaching distance and online criminal dynamics.
“This year, due to the relevance that the topic of security assumes, because we have never been as connected as we are now, the initiative took place not just in one day, but during almost the entire month of February with online sessions. We developed a program, together with the National Republican Guard, which allowed us to respond to online collaboration via Microsoft Teams with a number of participations, both students and teachers, which is quite significant and important in the digital transformation that we have been witnessing since the beginning of the pandemic ”, says Sandra Martinho, Director of Education and Philanthropy at Microsoft Portugal.
The awareness campaign brought together a total of 400 volunteers from Microsoft and GNR who moderated the online sessions.