His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, approved the “National Policy for Quality of Digital Life,” to create a safe digital community in the UAE and promote a positive identity through appropriate digital interactions.
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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, accompanied by H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and several ministers, attended the launch of the “Positive Digital Citizenship Values and Behaviours Code,” which aims to establish a framework for positive digital citizenship values and behaviour in the UAE and consists of ten articles.
The ten articles cover the UAE’s legacy, digital reputation, respect for others, positive investment, good manners, digital privacy, publishing credibility, responsibility and systems, digital ethics and balanced usage.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed highlighted the importance of improving the quality of the digital life of the community, by drafting appropriate policies, initiatives and projects that can keep pace with the latest local and international developments in the digital world, through motivating the digital community and consolidating the UAE’s leadership, enabling it to advance in the “World Digital Competitiveness Ranking,” where it leads Arab countries and is ranked 12th globally in three key pillars, which are technology, readiness for the future, and knowledge.
“We adopted the National Policy for Quality of Digital Life to maintain a healthy and positive digital environment for new generations who spend more time in virtual reality than in the real world. Our aim is to make their reality positive, productive and safe,” he said.
Strategic initiatives that improve the quality of digital life The adoption of the policy is supported by the launch of four initiatives aimed at boosting the quality of the country’s digital life, which are the “Digital Life Quality Knowledge Platform,” the “Positive Digital Citizenship Values and Behaviours Code,” the “Digital Life Quality Approach Initiative,” and the “Sannif Initiative” for assessing e-games content.
The Positive Digital Citizenship Values and Behaviours Code is in line with the rapid global changes witnessed during the “Digital Governance, Artificial Intelligence and Smart Cities Era.” In light of the culture of tolerance, coexistence, pluralism characterising the Emirati community, the code will help reinforce the country’s quality of digital life and create a safe and positive digital community.
The “Digital Wellbeing Knowledge Platform” (www.digital-wellbeing.ae), which is a comprehensive interactive web portal that includes awareness content, was also launched to build the digital capacities of community members, most notably parents, teachers, people of determination and senior citizens.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed was briefed about the Digital Life Quality Approach Initiative by the Ministry of Education. The initiative aims to integrate digital citizenship issues into school curriculums from nursery to the 12th Grade in various subjects, such as ethical education, social studies, Islamic education, the Arabic language for non-natives, design, technology and computer sciences, and creative design and innovation. The initiative also aims to draft and publish content for parents, to raise their awareness of digital safety, common mistakes, and how to protect themselves and their children.
The “Sannif” platform (www.sannif.ae), presented by the Telecommunications Regulation Authority (TRA) and the Digital Government, enables parents to learn about e-games and their nature and content before introducing them to their children.
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