|European Safer Internet Day |
On February 10, 2010 forum was held for the safety of the children on internet in the organisation of Microsoft in Macedonia. The aim was to attract the attention of the wider public for the importance of the child’s safety online and to raise awareness about the role of the teachers, the parents and the community related to this subject.
Angelina Chalakoska, coordinator of the SOS helpline for children and youth 0800 1 2222 was attending the forum as a representative of the First Children's Embassy in the world Megjashi.
Mainly, risks were presented to which youth are exposed when on Internet, along with the practical advice on child protection on the Internet and technological tools that will help reduce the exposure of children to inappropriate content and potential risks, were introduced. There was a presentation from the agency for Personal Data Protection and the Ministry of Interior - department of computer crime in order to highlight the state initiatives and activities aimed at creating a safer environment for the children when using Internet in our country.
During the event, in another room, "the learning game" intended for children under 14 years was tested and evaluated by pupils from a primary schools. This game has an educational character for preventive action in protection when using Internet.
Guidance materials and educational content was supplied that teachers can use for learning and teaching in schools. The parents were also supplied with manuals for the security of their family and parental control internet access.
The forum was also attended by Mr. Nikola Todorov, Minister of Education of the Republic of Macedonia. The aim of his presence at the seminar was the signing of the memorandum (agreement) for understanding of the project ‘’Partners in learning’’ between Ministry of Education and Microsoft. This program is an initiative of Microsoft in 120 countries; Macedonia is the partner 113 in the program. The program includes a campaign to raise public awareness of the risks, presentation of tools to reduce the risks and training for teachers and educating parents.