Young People determined to create supportive online spaces

07 February 2024
Rep With British Ambassador
UNICEF/ALBANIA/2024

On Global Safer Internet Day, UNICEF Albania invites everyone to stay vigilant when engaging and networking in digital spaces like gaming and social media platforms and make the internet a kinder place.

In this regard, the conversation with youth from the "Ismail Qemali" High School in Tirana was an awareness-raising event. UNICEF Albania Representative Murat Sahin and UK Ambassador to Tirana Alastair King-Smith expanded the discussion beyond online safety, focusing on youth with great aspirations for themselves and the country they live in. They thoroughly discussed and analysed topics of migration, politics, and mental health.

Speaking to young people in attendance, UNICEF Albania Representative Murat Sahin advised them that it is more than OK to tell people you do not feel well and need support, to use all the available facilities and not to hesitate to seek help. He urged young people to talk to their peers, parents, and psychologists in order to dispel prejudice and spread kindness.

UK Ambassador to Tirana Alastair King-Smith reminded young people to be more assertive, demand change, be bold, and find new ways to make Albania a better place for all young people.

The Executive Director of the Together Albania Foundation, Vera Ramskar, invited young people to use counselling services, such as the nukjamvetem.al online platform and to share their experiences with the professionals working for this platform, while also promoting dialogue among peers and within the family. She ensured them that confidentiality and reliability were the main principles of the services provided.

In keeping with his efforts to raise awareness on #saferinternet2024UNICEF Albania Representative Murat Sahin had a friendly conversation with another group of young people who attend "Musine Kokalari" #Bibliotech in Tirana, a public library that doubles as a technology corner on the same day.

BiblioTech was founded with the goal to prevent human trafficking and to keep children and young people engaged and thriving in their communities. They learn the risks of early exposure to digital knowledge, critical thinking, and social engagement online, thus providing the younger generation with the skills required to live, work, and prosper in digital societies.

In his final remarks, UNICEF Representative, Murat Sahin, ensured children that alongside local partners, the Albania Sustainable Development Organization, will continue to raise awareness on online exposure risks and benefits. "It is really important to report cases of abuse and to strengthen communication with parents or the people you trust most," he concluded.

At the end of the meeting, Joni Rei and Orlando shared their innovative ideas on how to use technology and serve the community better.

 

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