Turkcell launches digital intelligence program for children

Published 29.01.2019 00:08

Turkey's leading GSM operator Turkcell launched a program Monday named to protect children from cyber risks.

"We should raise awareness of cyber risks to our children and prepare them for the future without losing time," Kaan Terzioğlu, the head of Turkcell, said in a press conference announcing the Digital Intelligence program.

The program that was created by DQ Institute aims to teach children in eight main areas - digital identity, use, safety, security, emotional intelligence, communication, literacy, and rights, according to the institute's website.

In Turkey, the DQ Institute's program was translated, adapted and provided by Turkcell.

Terzioğlu noted the chance of Turkish children being exposed to cyber dangers is 47 percent and Turkcell aims to minimize risks with the program.

"Children are exposed to phishing 35 times more than adults," he added.

Dr. Yuhyun Park, the founder of the DQ Institute, said the program, which is a game-based education system, measures children's digital intelligence and includes families and schools in the learning process. She said more than 50 percent of children are at risk in the world and they should learn how to use digital technology safely.

DQ is composed of intelligence quotient (IQ), emotional quotient (EQ) and human values, she underlined.

"With its features, the DQ is the only digital intelligence education content recognized by UNESCO," she noted.

She added that the program is used in 104 countries by around 700,000 children.

Some 56 percent of 8 to 12-year-olds are exposed to cyber risks - cyberbullying, online sexual behavior, game addiction and online grooming - according to the institute's report.

These figures are 78 percent in Oman and 73 percent in Singapore and Argentina.

The report stressed that 390 million aged 8-12 will be at risk by 2020.

"The global average is 32 hours of screen time per week for entertainment use alone," the report said.

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