Abuse of children through informational and communication technologies as global criminal activity is primarily practiced and most widely spread on the internet. This represents the most widespread form of sexual exploitation in children and minors in contemporary society.
With a goal of preventing sexual exploitation and abuse of children in digital environment and ensuring information and tools for safe and responsible use of informational and communication technologies, we established Safer Internet Center in Bosnia and Herzegovina through innovative and improved web platform www.sigurnodijete.ba.
Safer Internet Center is consisted of- Awareness center, Helpline and Hotline (member of international network INHOPE):
- Awareness center actions are directed towards raising awareness and understanding the question of internet safety and current trends. The goal of the center is realization of public campaigns in order to provide knowledge, skills and strategies for children, youth, parents, educators and other professionals to use internet and benefits provided by informational and communication technologies;
- Helpline provides information and professional advice through free phone line, as well as support of psychologist for children, youth and parents when dealing with harmful content, contact and behavior online;
- Hotline sigurnodijete.ba was established in year 2010. It enables anonymous report of illegal and inappropriate online content that are further being sent to relevant agencies that can take action in this field (law enforcement agencies or INHOPE member/Hotline in certain state).
Safer Internet Center is established in frame of initiative “Combating violence against children: Working on prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse of children in digital environment in Bosnia and Herzegovina” implemented by consortium for child protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina, consisted of UNICEF BiH, Save the Children and IFS-EMMAUS, with the support of Global Partnership Fund “Stopping violence against children”. Aim of the initiative is prevention of violence against children in digital environment through support for the government, institutions and professionals in Bosnia and Herzegovina to develop new work mechanisms and step up their work in the field.
With full membership of IFS-EMMAUS in INHOPE – International Hotline (SOS line) association for reporting inappropriate content online, from 2012 – the work of B&H hotline www.sigurnodijete.ba has been improved and the main condition for establishment of Safer Internet Center in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been fulfilled.
IFS-EMMAUS established cooperation with international organization InSafe – European network for raising awareness and promotion of safe and responsible use of internet and smartphones amongst children and youth. This cooperation resulted in traditional annual Safer Internet Day celebration in Bosnia and Herzegovina each year from 2011.
Up until today, following activities have been implemented: