On the occasion of Safer Internet Day, Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sport and the Child Protection Center of Zagreb organised a workshop for children and young people under the title: “Growing up in the cyber-world: Click for a safer future”, on 10 February 2015.
Safer Internet Day is organised each year, with the goal of promoting safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world. This year Safer Internet Day is celebrated on 10 February, under the strapline “Let’s create a better internet together”.
Recent study conducted by the Brave Phone and the Child Protection Center showed that 99% of children and young people had access to the Internet and as many as 93% of them had a profile on the social network Facebook. Use of modern technology is an integral part of children and young people growing up, and their attitude towards that is intuitive and spontaneous. Fast development of technology today offers extraordinary opportunities for new generations, but also many risks, imposing challenges which we have to encounter together. It requires a cooperation of all adults involved in children’s lives, but also listening to the voice of children and young people.
The workshop included 25 students from two primary and three high schools from the City of Zagreb. In an interactive environment, they explored their own way of utilising the electronic media, as well as their own experience of benefits and risks of communication via electronic media. In the second part they answered questions occurring frequently in attempts to efficiently cope with cyber-bullying and improve the awareness of their role in creating a safer future in the online world.
See the interactive map for information where Safer Day Internet 2015 has been celebrated across the world.