1 in 11 children in Albania have experienced unwanted sexual advances via the Internet. The most recent UNICEF report was made public during a press conference organized by the Media Institute and AMA for children's media education.
According to an independent expert, the fact remains that half of children under 9 years old have online access.
“1 in 10 children view online information on suicide. This is problematic for security and sexual exploitation.
“1 in 4 children communicate online with people they have not met and 16% of them have met with a person who they had communicated with only on the internet. Meanwhile, only 9% of parents knew these facts,” said an expert.
Child safety online remains a challenge for educational institutions as well. Minster of Education, Besa Shahini, said that teachers are the ones who should serve the main role in educating students about safe navigation of the Internet.
“It is the phenomenon of online bullying that is very worrying, but for which we are not well-prepared to address either as parents, as teachers or as institutions,” said the Minister of Education.
Meanwhile, the Media Institute and the Audiovisual Media Authority (AMA) asked the Ministry of Education for online safety to be dealt with as a subject in schools.
“Media education should be a special subject. We can imagine a 15-year-old which can do without astronomy, Saturn and Jupiter, but we cannot imagine a 15-year-old without Google, without Facebook or Television.
“The Audiovisual Media Authority cannot replace the role of the Ministry of Education, agencies or other public entities that directly contribute to the introduction of media education concepts,” said the chair of the AMA, Gentian Sala.