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In brief

Cyprus is a ‘higher use’ country among the lower risk countries. Cypriot children’s experience of excessive use is more common (40%) than the European average (30%). Even though 10% of 11- to12-year-olds say they have been bothered by something online, their parents are less likely to recognise this. Thirteen per cent of Cypriot children have had contact online with someone they have not met face to face, a percentage considerably lower than the European average of 30%.



  • CNTI has operated the Cyprus Safer Internet Centre, CyberEthics, since 2006. It runs as a combined Awareness Node, Helpline and Hotline. Its aim is to inform and assist the public regarding online dangers and safety while the Hotline is the reporting channel for illegal online content, i.e. child pornographic material.
  • In 2013 more than 300 seminars and workshops were organised for children regarding online dangers and safety.

Cypriot team

Dr Yiannis Laouris, head of CNTI has an MD and PhD in Neuroscience (Germany), and an MS in Systems Engineering (USA). Laouris is a pioneer in the application of the Structured Dialogic Design process in the Cyprus and Middle East peace processes as  atool to explore complex problems and to accelerate social change. He has published more than 50 papers in peered-reviewed journals and contributed chapters.


Tao Papaioannou is an associate professor and Head of the Department of Communications at the University of Nicosia. She worked at the National Geographic Society of America and also studied and taught in the Department of Communication, University of Arizona. She has received a number of grants from the EU/Cyprus Institute and has collaborated with the Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute since 2013.


Mrs. Elena Aristodemou, a researcher at CNTI, has a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Psychological Research Methods. Her interests are in learning disabilities, cognitive neuroscience and dangers of the internet. She currently coordinates the CyberEthics Safer Internet Hotline, and two research projects that investigate online dangers and changing parental perceptions about relevant dangers utilizing Web 3.0 tools such as Second Life. Elena leads the research within the CyberEthics Center.


Aliki Economidou  has a BSc in Psychology (University of Manchester) and an MSc in Health Psychology  (University College London (UCL) and King's College London (KCL)). In 2009 she earned the Manchester Leadership Award, having completed a series of courses and acquiring over 60 hours of accredited volunteering experience. She has worked since February 2012 as a Research Associate and Project Coordinator at Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute (CNTI).


Dr. Skevi Demetriou is a researcher and a practising elementary school teacher with the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture. She currently teaches a course on Ethics and New Media at the Department of Communications and Internet Studies of the Cyprus University of Technology. She has been a Research Associate of the Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute since February 2014.



Yiannis Laouris
Cyprus Neuroscience & Technology Institute
Science Unit of the Future Worlds Center
5 Promitheos,
1065 Lefkosia
tel: +357 22 873820
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