Serbian children surf the internet even seven hours a day

Serbian Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications will mark this year’s Safer Internet Day with an interactive round table entitled “Internet Dependence – Diagnosis?

Children in Serbia spend on average three hours a day online and between four and seven hours on weekends. Excessive use of the Internet and the prevention of digital dependence will be the topic of this year’s round table on Safer Internet Day.

The State Secretary at the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Tatjana Matic, warned that children and young people, and their parents and teachers, still do not recognize the problem of technology abuse.

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According to the results of last year’s survey “Children of Europe on the Internet”, which also included children from Serbia, many are at risk of addiction but do not seek help. About one-third of children have problems because of the amount of time they spend on the global network, and because of this, they come into conflict with family or friends.

Matic also recalled that three years ago the National Contact Centre for Child Safety on the Internet was established.

A UNICEF survey found that less than 10% of children between the ages of four and eight do not use digital devices and that some children have access to the Internet before the age of three. According to UNICEF, children represent one third of the total number of Internet users.

(Vecernje Novosti, 11.02.2020)

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