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Internet Safety

Internet Use amongst children

Korce, Albania (October 2011)

Click HERE to download the presentation (PDF)

given to the general public on 27th October 2011 at Preca College

or contact me for the presentation in LibreOffice/PowerPoint format

 

 

 

Our context

Just a few years ago, going online in Albania was quite hard. But in the last 3 years things have changed a lot. During 2010 and 2011 we conducted a survey about Internet use amongst children in the area of Korca. The resulting report does not only point out the tendencies of our students, but also attempts to give a more complete picture by contrasting the results with those of the EUKidsOnline survey.

Click HERE to download sample pages of the report (PDF)

or contact me at: rainerbez[at]gmail[dot]com for the full 40 page report.

 

 

 

Some Quick Facts

In general, more than 50% of the students own a computer at home and 77% of these also have an Internet connection. Interestingly, more than half of the children who own a computer with an Internet connection at home still make frequent use of Internet Cafes. Gender difference in Korce is also a cause of concern, since it was found that while 94% of all boys use the Internet regularly, only 75% of girls do so.

While the EUkidsonline survey showed that 22% of European children access Internet from a mobile phone, in Korca it was found that a staggering 54% use Internet through their smart-phone. 75% of Internet users, aged 11-12 have a Facebook account, compared to the 38% found by EUKidsOnline. Comparing social network use by our students, at 90% and those of the EU, at 60%, is also startling.

Asked whether they ever felt bullied while online, 20% answered positively. 28% met somebody face to face whom they knew only online and 46% were exposed to inappropriate content.

33% said that pornography helps in sexual education. Meanwhile, very few speak about sexuality with their parents. This is a cause of concern especially when Michael Flood, at the Australian Research Centre in 'Sex, Health and Society', wrote that “Pornography is a poor, and indeed dangerous, sex educator.” (quoted by Child Abuse Review Volume 18 (2009) in Wiley InterScience)

Half of the parents have imposed a maximum time limit on their computer use, but 25% never ask for any parental permission before using the Internet. According to the children, 86% of the parents do not know how to use a computer as they do.

 

Conclusion

As part of our recommendations we suggested the setting up of an Internet safety website in Albanian, a dedicated Helpline, parental meetings and the inclusion of Internet safety skills in text books.

With the implementation of the suggested recommendations, we hope that we would be in a better position to sensitize authorities, schools and parents to help children use the Internet in a safer and more profitable way.

 

Rainer Bezzina, B.Sc. I.T.(Hons), Univ. of Malta (2002)

Informatics Teacher & Systems Administrator, Preca College

Contact E-Mail: rainerbez[at]gmail[dot]com

 


Photos & Video of presentation


The following are some photos & a video of the

presentation of the survey results given to the general public on 27th October 2011 at Preca College