On 23 October 2013, Croatian Health Insurance decided to modify the regulation of the bases for the contract for health protection within the compulsory health insurance (published in the National Gazette No 128/2013). Accordingly, instead of diagnostic psychology, short psycho diagnostic interview and psychological diagnostic procedures and methods data collection, the decision allows the following psychological services within the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to be included in the contract:
The director of the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center, prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, held a lecture on “Growing up the touch screen generation: Do we recognize the risks?” on March 5, 2020, in Solin. The lecture was co-organized by the Headmaster of the Primary School Vjekoslav Parać, prof. Djuro Baloevic and speech therapist Diane Burazin, marking the 50th anniversary of the school, and the city of Solin within the project “City of Solin – a Friend of Children”.
The Director of our Center held a lecture for experts, associates, teachers and parents, but also a number of students from the upper grades of the school attended. The school choir and their music teacher Đurđica Kalebić opened the evening with the performance of the song “Let life live”, and the program was moderated by an eighth-grade student.
During the lecture Professor Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, spoke about modern ways of growing up since kindergarten, as well as about online habits of high school students, that is, presented national research of our Center from 2013 and 2019. Also, the Headmistress emphasized the opportunities and benefits of growing up our youngest generations online, and there were also the risks of having children lurking behind the screen. An important part of the lecture was about the role of parents, professionals, and all those who participate in the upbringing and growing up of children on a daily basis, but the role and responsibilities in cases where children experience unpleasant and/or abusive behaviors.
Many gathered expressed the need for additional education and lectures on the topics of touch screen education, not only for adults caring for and protecting children but also for children to whom the online world is an integral part of growing up.
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