Safer Internet Day 2015 was marked in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 10th February with the motto “Let's create a better internet together”. In accordance with this motto, the SID Committee BiH has marked the Safer Internet Day in cooperation with a partner CSO from the region – the Center for Missing and Exploited Children (CNZD) from Osijek, Croatia, and by establishing a specialized web site (www.boljiinternet2015.com) and an application for online competition for elementary school children on the topic of internet security. The competition consisted of an online quiz for students between V – IX grade with questions related to safe use of the internet, which was active on the day of marking the Safer Internet Day, meaning 10th February from 09:00 until 17:00 o’clock, after which awards and quiz winners were announced on the abovementioned website, generically and through the application for online competition, including children who responded correctly to 80% or more questions.
During the competition, by an interactive map available on the mentioned website, data was visible about the number of children who participated in the quiz and from which cities from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina they come; thus, 3300 children from Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the competition which represent a special success of the SID Committee BiH when it comes to animation of children for participation in the competition.
As a final event for marking the Safer Internet Day in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2015, International Forum of Solidarity - EMMAUS, in cooperation with partners from SID Committee BiH, realized an Official Ceremony and awards for the winners of the quiz organized regarding the marking of the Safer Internet Day, 24 February 2015, in elementary school „21. mart“ in Matuzici, Doboj Jug from 12:00 until 13:00 o’clock.
In collaboration with Microsoft Bosnia and Herzegovina, valuable awards were provided for the best contestants from our country, including: I award, tablet – awarded student from elementary school „21. mart“, Matuzici; II award, mobile phone – awarded student from elementary school „Kriskovci“, Laktasi; and III award, camera – awarded student from elementary school „Mesa Selimovic“, Zenica, which were awarded by the Chief of Doboj Jug Municipality, Ms. Jasminka Begic.
The present students, representatives of educational institutions and the media were addresses by Mr. Amir Becic, director of the school „21. mart“, with a short introductory speech, and Ms. Amela Efendic, representing IFS-EMMAUS and SID Committee BiH, gave the present students symbolical consolation prizes.
Activities regarding marking the Safer Internet Day are being realized for the fifth year in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in cooperation with European network Insafe. Insafe network organizes the marking of this day (Safer Internet Day) every year at the beginning of February with the aim to raise awareness and promotion of safer and a more responsible use of internet technologies and mobile phones, especially amongst children and youth all around the world.
''Today, concerning the pressure of the contemporary society, fast life pace and development of technology, we must be cautious, now more than ever, and take care of our children, educate ourselves and be informed, not just about the advantages, but also about the danger of the internet, organize preventive activities aimed for the children, parents, social workers and the wider social community. It is not much spoken about this topic, and concrete actions are not being taken, which should focus mainly on research, learning about positive and negative sides of the internet as well as about using of internet on a responsible and safe manner. Safer Internet Day is a good example of how to raise awareness on an interesting and appealing way, especially with children, about responsible use of the internet, which is very important for their future development and progress, and also for gaining new knowledge, acquaintances and association with the realization of similar activities. Thus, I publically express my congratulations for the initiative and I wish a lot of success in future work and activities, and I especially congratulate the student which was awarded the first prize and has shown that the students of elementary school „21. mart“ can be very good, if not the best, in everything, and I'm proud of them.'' , as pointed out by the Chief of Doboj Jug Municipality, Ms. Jasminka Begic.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the celebration of the day is organized by the Committee for marking Safer Internet Day (SID, Safer Internet Day, The Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina), a body formed in 2011 with the aim of implementing preventative and promotional activities for the protection of children and youth in their use of information and communication technologies. This body was established by the International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS (IFS-EMMAUS) in coordination with the International Organization Insafe – a European network of centers that raise awareness of and promote safe and responsible use of the internet and mobile phones among children and youth. The committee is headed by the State Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Illegal Migration, and its members include representatives of the Communication of Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, IFS-EMMAUS, Save the Children, OneWorldSEE, and Microsoft BiH. Safer Internet Day is just one in a series of activities that these organizations, individually and jointly, have implemented with the aim of educating children and parents about the risks that the internet brings, and how to adequately protect themselves from them.