BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Safer Internet Day Committee
Humanitarian organization "International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS (IFS)" was established in 1999 in Gracanica, BiH with the aim of providing assistance to all vulnerable population groups, including victims of human trafficking, child pornography and online child sexual abuse... As a non-profit NGO, IFS operates on the whole BiH territory and is a member of the international organization "EMMAUS International", which operates on four world continents.
Since 2009, IFS-EMMAUS is engaged in the implementation of a comprehensive project on the prevention of online child abuse and exploitation in BiH, in cooperation with the BiH Ministry of Security, law enforcement agencies and local NGO partners. The main project objective is the prevention of online sexual abuse and exploitation of children in BiH, through the usage of information and communication technologies.
Specific project activities include the establishment of an interactive web portal for children, teenagers, parents and the general public – www.sigurnodijete.ba - comprising information on online safety, safe usage of mobile phones and other communication technology and related information. The portal is available in local languages and English, therewith reaching a wider target audience. The most important tool of the portal is the establishment of the hotline – online reporting mechanism that allows for the reporting of inappropriate content, child abuse images and related information. Till present, a total of 87 reports were received by the hotline and communicated to responsible law enforcement agencies for further action, as the Hotline is still not allowed to analyse inappropriate content, as to domestic legislation.
In 2010, IFS-EMMAUS joined the International Association of Internet Hotlines – INHOPE as a Provisional member and in November 2012, following active involvement in Hotline activities and promoting a safer digital world, IFS-EMMAUS achieved Full INHOPE membership status.
IFS-EMMAUS also implements a continuous awareness raising campaign for aforementioned target groups, through the usage of electronic, print and alternative media. The campaign promotes online safety through two video clips for parents and children, information materials (leaflets, posters and brochures), as well as education activities in schools. The campaign is supported by the young hip-hop artist Adnan Hamidovic – Frenkie, the ambassador to the project, aiming to attract young people, especially teenagers to visit the web portal and report abuse. As part of awareness raising activities and in cooperation with local partners – BiH Regulatory Agency for Communication, Save the Children, Council of Europe, Unicef, Microsoft BiH, One World SEE and other, for three years now IFS-EMMAUS celebrates the Safer Internet Day, implementing prevention activities in schools and distributing information materials. In 2011, under the auspices of the Ministry of Security/State Coordinator for Anti-trafficking in BiH, IFS-EMMAUS established a SID Committee comprising the above actors, seeking to plan and devise future SID activities in BiH.
Activities also include educational workshops for children, parents and teachers in schools across BiH, directly reaching a target audience of over 2,500 individuals in schools across BiH. Sessions are performed with experienced experts and cyber crime inspectors, through usage of interactive learning methods and practical examples. These sessions are expanded with Training of Trainers (ToT) workshops that target teachers of information science from selected schools across the country, reaching a wider target audience and enabling for project activities to spread across primary and secondary schools and amongst education workers. These sessions include officials from Ministries of Education, pedagogical institutes and related education institutions.
As of recently and following the aforementioned ToT workshops, IFS-EMMAUS established a completely new web portal e-school.sigurnodijete.ba available in local language. The portal was created for teaches of information sciences and other educators following the needs and requests of teachers for such a communication and information sharing tool. The portal has been extensively promoted amongst educators and has accomplished the introduction of www.sigurnodijete.ba as a homepage in information science classrooms in most schools across BiH.
Recently, IFS-EMMAUS organized a Regional Conference “Comprehensive Approach to Addressing the Problem of Online Safety for Children and Youth”, which was held on December 13, 2012 in Sarajevo, hosting representatives of state institutions, diplomatic and consular missions in BiH, law-enforcement agencies, judicial and education agencies, day care centers for children, and civil society organizations from BiH and the region. The event also welcomed representatives of INHOPE, Insafe, Interpol BiH, Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre, as well as representatives from the regional Ministries of Interior, and non-governmental organizations active in this field, who addressed the participants on issues of online safety and joint possibilities for creating a safe digital world. This event served as an excellent awareness raising and prevention mechanism for primarily decision makers, education workers and general public, contributing to the exchange of information and best practices amongst regional actors joined around similar prevention activities in the countries of the region, but foremost experienced European partners who contributed to this event with sharing their knowledge and materials on fighting online child abuse and exploitation.
The added value to project implementation was achieved in April 2012, with the recommendation of the BiH Council of Ministers for negotiations to be initiated with the European Commission and Letter of Intent to be sent for joining the Safer Internet Programme/Community and IFS-EMMAUS to take the lead in the establishment of the National Safer Internet Center in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This activity is the result of ongoing negotiations with responsible institutions in BiH, raising of awareness on these issues amongst decision makers and lobbying of IFS-EMMAUS for more active involvement in the prevention of these crimes in the country and the wider region.
SAFER INTERNET DAY 2013
Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Safer Internet Day Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH SID Committee) once again, organized the Safer Internet Day celebration. The central event was realised at a Secondary Dental School in Sarajevo, where been discussed about internet safety. The State Coordinator for Anti-Trafficking, Mr. Samir Rizvo addressed to the teenagers, as well as Ms. Amela Efendic from MFS-EMMAUS and director of OneWorldSEE, Ms. Valentina Pellizzer with short presentations on the topic of online security.
Activities on the celebration of the Safer Internet Day, for the third year in a row, are being implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina in cooperation with Insafe network. Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe yearly, each February, to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and youth across the world. The theme for this year’s SID is „Online rights and responsibilities“, with the slogan „Connect with respect“. This year, the celebration was implemented in cooperation with the Brcko District Police and the Association of Information Science Teachers of the Sarajevo Canton – who invited all its members to celebrate this event in all primary and secondary schools of the Sarajevo Canton. Schools that took part in the celebration of SID 2013 are: Secondary Economic school Sarajevo; Primary school “Brcanska Malta” Tuzla; Gymnasium and Secondary school “Petar Kocic” Zvornik; Fifth Gymnasium Sarajevo; Primary school “Husein Ef. Dozo” Gorazde and Secondary schools in Tesanj, Lukavac and Banovici.
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