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If every adult in this era of booming technology needs to be aware of its pros and cons, children should be at least twice more attentive.
Promoting a safer and responsible use of online technology, especially by children and young people, is precisely the main goal of Safer Internet Day (SID). This international event, supported by the EU, is marked every February, on the second day of its second week. This year's slogan is "Together for a better Internet".
The Internet is undoubtedly a powerful tool with enormous opportunities for acquiring knowledge and enhancing skills. However, with opportunities come risks. The goal of SID is to raise awareness about those risks and to help by concrete actions to create not only a safe place but also a better place to be when being online.
Each year SID aims to address the current issues that influence especially young users online, from cyberbullying to social networking. SID calls on every stakeholder to play their part in creating a better internet for everyone. It is an invitation for everyone to engage with others in a responsible and respectful way in order to ensure a better digital experience.
Critical thinking, media literacy, digital skills necessary to identify and combat fake news and the risks brought by emerging online technologies and connected devices – something that is lately termed as cyber hygiene, are main ways of empowering young people to navigate any online risks safely and take full advantage of the enormous opportunities offered to them online.
All these issues have been directly or indirectly tackled by the EU assistance for the country.
The public broadcaster MRTV recently aired a TV series that explained to children and youth the importance to recognise fake news, but also to engage in responsible debate. This is complementary to another media literacy project that was implemented from 2016 to 2018, as well as to three ongoing projects on critical thinking and recognising fake news. In addition, a project on personal data protection was completed last year – it, among other things, addressed the risks that exist in the online communication while trying to raise the awareness of personal data protection as a basic human right.