Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, held the lecture “Children on the Internet – are we catching up with them?” in Imotski, organized by the Franciscan Monastery, the Public Open University and Ivana Kujundžić, speech therapist.
In the hall of the Open University have gathered a number of experts who work with children – psychologists, paediatricians, speech therapists, pedagogues, educators, teachers, social workers, visiting nurses, as well as parents and children.
At the beginning of the lecture, the Director introduced the public to the theoretical settings of the media’s influence on child physical and social-emotional development and presented the findings of the our Center and Brave Phone surveys from 2013 and 2017, which point to the possibilities and risks of modern technology. In relation to the presented results, further were discuss the specific guidelines related to education and the role of parents, but also the action and work of experts in schools.
Experts and parents expressed great interest both in theoretical and practical work with children. After the lecture, there was an interesting discussion about the role of multidisciplinary work and intersectoral cooperation. Furthemore, emphasis was also on the relationship of children, but also parents and experts, with these contemporary powerful tools.
The participants agreed that education enables understanding of children and their needs, and that in cooperation with other professionals and parents we need to come to concrete and practical guidance on how to try to catch up with the children and youth and protect them.