UNICEF young reporters: stay home and demonstrate media literacy!

Using short videos on social networks, UNICEF young reporters have called upon citizens to socially isolate themselves, as this is the only socially responsible type of behaviour at this time of risk from the spread of coronavirus

Jelena Perovic
Young reporter washes her hands
UNICEF Montenegro / Duško Miljanić / 2020
16 March 2020

Podgorica, 15 MARCH 2020 – UNICEF young reporters have joined the #OstaniDoma (#StayHome) campaign of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro and are using short video messages on social networks to call upon citizens to demonstrate socially responsible behaviour at this time of risk from the spread of coronavirus.

In her video, Jovana Vujović warns of fake news and calls for the use of reliable sources of information.

UNICEF Montenegro

My video starts with a warning about fake news regarding coronavirus and calls upon all citizens to use only reliable sources of information, first and foremost the Ministry of Health and the Public Health Institute, UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

Jovana Vujović

Among the things that have inspired her to convey such a message is data from an Ipsos survey published a few days ago, which indicates that only six percent of the citizens of Montenegro are informed through the websites of the Ministry of Health and the Public Health Institute. “Media literacy is crucial in these situations so that people do not believe fake news and spread panic,” Jovana concludes.

Đorđe Ivanović has made a video titled “What do I do at home during the coronavirus outbreak?”

UNICEF Montenegro

My video is intended for young people and illustrates how to spend quality time at home. Of course, the message to all young people is #StayHome and let’s choose what we watch, read and listen to.

Đorđe Ivanović

Among other sources, he found inspiration for the video in this month’s Ipsos research data, which found that young people are the group that is least concerned about coronavirus and they are therefore probably the most inclined to disregard social isolation recommendations.

Jana Kostić, Sara Marković and Dunja Šestović have responded to the global dance challenge #coronahanddance #ghencovychallenge, which promotes proper hand washing as a means of preventing the spread of coronavirus. A global challenge promoted on social networks was created by a popular Vietnamese artist, who made a song and a video to promote proper hand washing. The lyrics of the song, inter alia, urge people not to rub their eyes or touch their mouth and face, as well as not to go to crowded places and to maintain good hygiene. Renowned Vietnamese dancer Quang Dang prepared the choreography accompanying these lyrics and music and launched a global coronavirus dance challenge on the TikTok social network. As a result, people around the world are posting this dance on social networks and sharing messages about the importance of proper and regular hand washing to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

UNICEF Montenegro

I like this global campaign by young people who are using dance and music to promote hygiene, while avoiding and preventing any panic about coronavirus, which is why we have decided to join them.

Jana Kostić

Dunja Šestović used part of her time at home to record and publish a video through which she responds to the coronavirus global dance challenge and promotes proper hand washing.

UNICEF Montenegro

A little dancing can’t hurt – on the contrary, it’s good for you. Therefore, stay home, wash your hands and dance.

Dunja Šestović

Young reporter Sara Marković points to the necessity of limiting the time we spend in front of different screens, especially now that children and young people spend all their time at home.

On average, children and young people in Montenegro spend eight hours a day in front of various screens when there is no coronavirus and isolation in the home. That is why it is important to make sure that this amount of screen time does not increase further and that the time is filled with quality media content.

Sara Marković

Other young reporters will also be posting video messages in the coming days to promote a critical analysis of all media content with a view to identifying fake news and preventing panic, as well as to promote good hygiene, quality time at home, a balance between online and offline activities, etc.

The young reporters are UNICEF volunteers who are promoting media literacy and children’s rights in Montenegro through the “Let’s Choose What We Watch” media literacy campaign. Their past engagement under this initiative has already been recognized through the UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Award presented to UNICEF Montenegro last year.