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  1. 1. Children’s Rights on the Internet – Safe and Protected Ana Trpovska Metamorphosis Foundation 29.11.2007
  2. 2. From the last research of USAID in the Republic of Macedonia (April 2007: <ul><li>• 47% are using a computer; 32% are internet users (in 2006 : 43% contrasted with 27%) . </li></ul><ul><li>• PCs in 40% of the households; 17% of the households are connected to the internet ( in 2006 : 37% contrasted with 13%) . </li></ul><ul><li>• 52% of the existing internet users have started to use the internet in the past two years, and most of them are young people. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Data from USAID’s research conducted in April 2007 : <ul><li>Internet users’ profile </li></ul>
  4. 4. Data from USAID’s research conducted in April 2007 : <ul><li>Internet users’ profile </li></ul>
  5. 5. Internet – source of useful information, and a source of dangers as well !
  6. 6. Advantages : <ul><li>Unlimited source of information </li></ul><ul><li>Unlimited source of entertaining contents </li></ul><ul><li>Големи можности за комуникација </li></ul>
  7. 7. Disadvantages : <ul><li>Provides anonymity / identity concealment ( Predators – physical and psychic maltreatment and intimidation/pedophilia </li></ul><ul><li>No censorship / presence of all kinds of contents inadequate for children </li></ul><ul><li>Existence of viruses and hackers </li></ul><ul><li>Legal and financial hazards ( problems ) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Facts : <ul><li>Today, about 15% of the world’s population are knowingly using the internet , and about 25 % are unaware ( through various devices , telephones , television ). Half of them are at the age of 5 to 19 years . </li></ul><ul><li>Every third child has its own website or blog in today’s information society . </li></ul><ul><li>The outcome of a simple search on Google is 1.700.000 results for the search word “encyclopedia”, and 26.500.000 results for the word “sex” </li></ul><ul><li>One of seven children older than 10 years gets sexual offers over the internet . </li></ul><ul><li>According to the fairly accurate analyses , and having in mind that a large number of websites are not known , around 20.000 new pedophilic sites appear throughout the world every year . </li></ul>
  9. 9. Parents and guardians – key role in children’s protection on the internet !
  10. 10. How can the parents help : <ul><li>Be informed about the services that their children are using on the internet </li></ul><ul><li>Openly communicate with their children </li></ul><ul><li>The home computer should be placed in a “public” room , instead in the child’s bedroom </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare a family agreement and book of rules on using the internet </li></ul><ul><li>Rules for using the social networking websites </li></ul><ul><li>Personal data should be kept private, i.e. they should not be revealed in public places . This is very much the same as giving away the key to your apartment . </li></ul><ul><li>It is alright to meet new online-friends, but the children should acquaint their parents with their online-friends , as they are doing in real life . </li></ul><ul><li>If the children are planning to meet some of their electronic friends in person– they should inform their parents about it </li></ul>
  11. 11. Problems in Macedonia : <ul><li>Parents and teachers are uneducated in using the internet and unaware of its advantages and disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>So far nothing has been done in this direction / there were no organizations or institutions dealing with this problem </li></ul><ul><li>Inexistence of information resources and advice on this topic in the local languages </li></ul>
  12. 12. CRISP – Children’s rights on the internet – safe and protected <ul><li>Metamorphosis Foundation, in partnership with Megjashi </li></ul><ul><li>Project goals : </li></ul><ul><li>- Raising the public awareness for this problem among the children above all, parents, teachers, media and the NGO sector </li></ul><ul><li>- Creating resources with useful information and advice for getting familiar and dealing with this problem </li></ul>
  13. 13. CRISP – Children’s rights on the internet – safe and protected <ul><li>Activities : </li></ul><ul><li>- Forming an NGO network of ten organizations </li></ul><ul><li>- Training/education of the NGO network members </li></ul><ul><li>- Presentations intended for the students, their parents and teachers in the elementary and secondary schools throughout the Republic of Macedonia </li></ul><ul><li>- Creating useful information resources in local languages </li></ul>
  14. 14. Resources in Albanian and Macedonian : <ul><li>Flyers / brochures </li></ul><ul><li>ICT Guide for Children’s safety on the internet </li></ul><ul><li>Website (www.bezbednonainternet.org.mk и www.crisp.org.mk) </li></ul><ul><li>Children’s Bill of Rights for the Internet </li></ul>
  15. 16. Interesting and useful links : <ul><li>Childnet's Kidsmart: http://www.kidsmart.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>ThinkYouKnow: http://www.thinkyouknow.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre: http://www.ceop.gov.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Cyberbullying: http://www.cyberbullying.org </li></ul><ul><li>Ins@fe: http://www.saferinternet.org </li></ul><ul><li>IKeepSafe: http://www.ikeepsafe.org </li></ul><ul><li>Cyber Angels: http://www.cyberangels.org </li></ul><ul><li>NetSmartzKids: http://www.netsmartzkids.org </li></ul><ul><li>GetNetWise: http://kids.getnetwise.org </li></ul><ul><li>Family Online Safety Institute: http://www.fosi.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://digizen.org </li></ul>
  16. 17. Thank you for your attention !