Belgrade, 6 February 2018 – A conference, organised by the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, was held in Belgrade to mark Safe Internet Day.
State Secretary at the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Tatjana Matic said that the digital literacy of children and young people is a prerequisite for appropriate, efficient and safe use of new technologies.
"For the last two years, the Ministry has been conducting a school campaign for the smart and safe use of digital technologies by organising an IT caravan that has so far covered over 10,000 pupils, and this year it will also cover parents. The campaign also promoted the National Contact Center for Children's Safety on the Internet, which received over 4,000 calls in the year since its founding,” said Matic.
Anamarija Vicek, State Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, pointed out that the Ministry works systematically and has a long-term strategy to influence the creation of a digital culture among young people, and it also works to improve their online safety.
"By introducing computer science as a mandatory subject in primary school, full coverage of primary aged children is ensured, while continuous teacher training activities will contribute to the development of digital literacy and safety in the long run," Vicek said.
Michel Saint-Lot, UNICEF Representative in Serbia, said that children are clearly at the centre of digital policy in Serbia. What needs to be done now is to make these policies fully operational. This is especially true when it comes to safeguarding children’s privacy and identities online.
“UNICEF, as always, stands ready to provide support, so that all children can seize the opportunities of the digital age, and be equipped with an appropriate skill-set to effectively and safely participate in social, civic, economic and political life,” emphasised Saint-Lot.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/serbia