Republic of Serbia Safer Internet Day committee
Safer Internet Day 2013 - Connect with Respect
Safer Internet Day in Serbia will be organized by Fund B92, Save the Children International and Digital Agenda Directorate, partner organizations building the Safer Internet Center Serbia, with support from the Republic of Serbia Ministry of Interior.
Safer Internet Day in Serbia will be celebrated as a public awareness raising event. Internet and IT users will receive guidelines about online threats and rules on safe Internet and IT use. The celebration theme will be this year's global SID theme "Connect with Respect". The event will be organized on the 3rd floor of the Usce Shopping Mall on February 5th 2013.
On Tuesday, February 5, starting from 10 o'clock in the morning, competitions will be organized for children and their parents in virtual and traditional games, and all competitors and visitors will be invited to make their own chatterbox, a popular origami game, which will be used as an educational and fun tool on Internet safety rules. The focus of this year’s celebration will be on rights and obligations of Internet and IT users, and especially on observance of other people’s rights and privacy and on tolerance and Internet etiquette.
Serbian SIC Project team members and representatives of Digital Agenda Directorate and RS Ministry of Interior will be entertaining children and their parents, playing games with them and explaining the basics on Internet and IT safety. Age-specific contents will be presented to children, young people and parents.
Similar public events will be organized in other Serbian cities. A number of primary schools throughout Serbia will celebrate Safer Internet Day by dedicating classes to presentations and games on Internet and IT safety.
On the same day, UNICEF Serbia will publicly present the results of their “Digital Violence in Primary and Secondary Schools in Serbia” Research that was carried out within the “Stop to Digital Violence” Project and “Schools Without Violence” Program, which is realized in cooperation with the RS Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and supported by Telenor Serbia.
There is no difference between rights and responsibilities in real life and on the Internet. However, the question is: to what extent is it achievable in real life? Internet offers unlimited possibilities and dangers as well.
The point is, again, to provide education and trust. Education provides necessary knowledge that makes us fully aware of our rights. Trust, on the other hand, should be placed with those who educate us.
Rights and freedom are often treated separately, and this is where we come to first obstacle. What is the thing that I consider to be my personal freedom, which is contrary to the right that I have to abide by? This is the fundamental question that man is dealing with from the earliest days of civilization. Each age set its own limits to personal freedoms and its own thresholds for rights that must not ever be transgressed.
Today, in the Internet era, these limits were set again and it is necessary to allow sufficient time for us all to adjust to it. Questions that we have to answer are: "What is online privacy?", "How can I protect myself from the malware?", "Is too much time spent on playing video games a form of addiction?", "What is the right netiquette?", "Where can I find out what is good and what is bad for me on the Internet?".
We are the ones to make and take the right decisions - decisions that will be moderate and that will enable us to responsibly stand by them. Our personal responsibility is the link between the things that we learnt with the trust in other people, and with the trust that other people have in us. The sense of responsibility is built gradually with each new experience over the years, and just like in the real life, we have to nurture and develop it on the Internet, too.
All this can be achieved with the help from the Saferinternet, which is not only an educational facility, but also a place in which ideas are exchanged, people meet each other and theory is translated into practice.
About the Serbian Safer Internet Centre
Safer Internet Centre Serbia is a project in partnership of Belgrade-based NGO Fund B92, a coalition of non-governmental organizations from the entire Serbia, Republic of Serbia Ministry of Interior and Republic of Serbia Ministry of Foreign and Internal Trade and Telecommunications. It is supported by EU Commission as a part of its Safer Internet Program.
You can also visit the Serbian Click Safely Safer Internet Day Supporter page for more information on Serbia awareness raising.