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      Amit Students Learn Safe Surfing

      Students in the religious-Zionist Amit network learn Internet safety, create Torah-study train in honor of education day.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 4/3/2012, 11:49 AM

      Students use computers (illustrative)
      Students use computers (illustrative)
      Israel news photo: Flash 90

      The Amit religious-Zionist school network focused on Internet safety for a day, teaching elementary school students in Be’er Sheva how to avoid online dangers and video-game violence. The topic was chosen by the young leadership of Amit in honor of National Education Day (“Yom Hasi”).

      The classes on Internet safety followed a case that made headlines nationwide in which two teenage girls attempted suicide over ill-treatment at the hands of their classmates that included intense cyber-bullying.

      “The Internet has dangers and opportunity together,” said Amit director-general Dr. Amnon Eldar. “At Amit, we decided to face the challenge and not bury our heads in the sand.”

      The fact that the subject was chosen and taught by young people will hopefully make students more receptive, he added. “We believe students will take their words to heart, that it will be meaningful for them,” he said.

      Students held other special activities in honor of Education Day. Those who traveled from Lod to Be’er Sheva for the day even made the trip by train a special experience by using the time to hold a class on the subject of “time in Judaism and in life.” Others on the train were surprised by the sudden transformation of the vehicle to a Torah study hall, but reacted favorably, with some even joining in the study.

      During the day Eldar and leaders of the Amit youth group stopped by Hazon Ovadia, an Amit school damaged last month in a terrorist rocket attack from Gaza. The school is undergoing repairs.