IS EDUCATION SUFFICIENT ENOUGH FOR EFFICIANT
PROTECTION? – YES, IT IS!
The activities provided by cyber space are numerous. The Internet has become vital for social, cultural, sociological and economic development.
The advantages of distance learning, fast inter-continental communication, effective online business and the development of the national economy, job creation with the development of the IT sector are certainly great benefits, as well as the fact that within just a few seconds, by clicking on the keyboard, one can get all the information we need, made it easier for the society to function.
The world is more connected than ever, because the Internet is supranational – in the cyber space there are no borders, at least not physical ones. The Internet has changed the ways businesses operate, governments work, people live, young people think. “The Network of all the Networks” supposed to provide us with a better, peaceful future. However, in reality, this is not the case.
Taking into account that there are a growing number of organizations that are trying to deal with the problem of protecting children on the Internet and after analyzing them, almost none of the measures have yielded the expected results. The projects are being talked about, but from direct conversation students, during workshops, but also in direct conversation with friends who are parents, I came to conclusion that it is necessary to do much more in this field.
Protecting children and young people on the Internet is becoming a big issue both at the global level and in Serbia!
Digital technology has become part of everyday life and digital media have become the ubiquitous, widespread and most powerful media. The use of digital platforms – or popular social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat …) includes an increasing number of people, as well as younger users. According to the available data, among Internet users, globally, about one third of those are younger than 18.
The fact is that we live more and more two parallel lives – one real and the other one virtual. Social networks have become a significant part of people’s lives, especially for young people.
There are many positive aspects of social networks – maintaining communication with people who do not live in our vicinity, friends who live abroad, the possibility of obtaining or exchanging information in the short term, promotion, possibility of earning. According to some research, young people develop communication skills and improve English language skills, which is also benefit.
On the other hand, there are a number of negative sides that we have to consider when we talk about social networks which are specifically targeting young people. Widespread forms of cybercrime such as identity theft and information, child pedophilia, cyber bullying, violence and insulting are just some of the negative activities. The frequency of risky behavior increases as well as digital violence and the number of children involved in it.
That is why we are here – to work together through education and workshops with our fellow citizens and parents to protect ourselves and children from the downside of the Internet.
By actively providing support and by cooperation with state institutions, local self-governments, youth offices, NGOs and other relevant organizations, we participate in capacity building for successful implementation of education on the protection of children and youth on the Internet and social networks, in the fight against cyber violence and cyber bullying, fighting against the human trafficking and narcotics over the Internet.
We organize independently or in cooperation with other organizations and institutions, workshops, seminars, consultations, projects, and similar actions in order to improve the knowledge of the general information security of children and young people in accordance with the law and work on raising awareness about the dangers on the Internet.