After successful regional conference in Linköping and previous exchange meetings in Zagreb and Reykjavik, on 13-14 March 2017 professionals from around Europe came to Haarlem where the third Service Exchange Meeting of the PROMISE project was held. The key theme of the meeting was transfer and adaptation of the project model: the next steps, specifically focusing on promoting MD/IA with linking policy and practice – current practices and challenges in implementing child friendly practices within the child protection systems, implementation in different national contexts and MD/IA services becoming active agents for change in Europe.
The Child and Youth Protection Centre of Zagreb has celebrated the Safer Internet Day this year by organising workshops for children and youth. The Safer Interned Day gathers children, youth and adults around the world, who are trying to initiate safer and more responsible use of online technologies through various activities and events.
This year the Safer Internet Day was celebrated on 7 February and the topic was: “Be the change: Unite for a better Internet”.
The Child and Youth Protection Centre of Zagreb has systematically been devoted to developing digital literacy and to protecting children in the online world. On the occasion of the Safer Internet Day we united with children and youth once again, in order to learn from each other. Around 30 children aged 12 to 18, included in the day hospital program, participated in these workshops which were run by Domagoj Štimac, MD, psychiatrist and chief physician, and Ella Selak Bagarić, psychologist.
In these workshops we learned about children’s activities in the online world, internet communication trends and children’s understanding of online threats and we encouraged the children to reflect on their own habits. The aim of workshops was to throw new light on the issue of internet safety and send a clear message that cyber-bullying is not acceptable and can be stopped, as well as to raise awareness about various ways of stopping it.
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