Croatia

In brief

Most children in Croatia use the internet every day, most often through smartphones. Children rarely use the internet for educational purposes and rarely get the support from parents and teachers in using the internet. Most children had unpleasant experiences on the internet. They often communicate on the internet with strangers and they even meet them in live. Parents are not familiar with the experiences of children and their digital habits on the internet. Furthermore, most parents believe that children are using the new technologies better than themselves. 

Croatia - EU Kids Online Croatia - EU Kids Online

Highlights

  • Eu Kids Online Croatia is implemented in the cooperation of the academic community, state institutions and non-profit organizations with the aim of upgrading the national education curriculum with the topic of child safety on the internet.
  • Coordinator of the project is the Association for Communication and Media Culture, the winner of Special Jury Prize for media education from the Evens Foundation’s 2017.
  • Partners of the project are Agency for Electronic Media, HT – Croatian Telekom, CNZD, City of Zagreb – OS Većeslava Holjevca, and HAKOM Croatian Regulatory Authority For Network Industries. 
  • Project is supported also by Ministry of Science and Education and Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy.
  • Quantitative research has been upgraded by a qualitative one. Focus groups were conducted among children, parents and teachers.
  • EU Kids Online results have been included in curricula on several faculties in Croatia at all educational levels (Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programme).
  • Final report will be published in July 2018.

Publications

Ćosić, I. (2005). Results presentation on research into the experience of children who use the Internet; Regional conference „Dangers of paedophilia", Human rights office, Zagreb.

Potočnik, D. (2006) Possessing and Usage of Informational and Communicational Technology, in: Youth between Wishes and Opportunities. Zagreb: Zagreb County and Institute for Social Research.

Potočnik, D. (2007) Youth and New Technologies, in: Ilišin, V.; Radin, F. (ed.) Youth: a Problem or a Resource. Zagreb: Institute for Social Research.

Profaca, B., Ćosić, I. (2005) Child and Internet Risks. List of topics for class lessons (ed. Bilić, V.), Naklada Ljevak, Zagreb

Team

Igor Kanizaj

Igor Kanižaj, PhD is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, Department of Journalism and Media Production, University of Zagreb. His research areas are: media and children, media and violence, print media, media and diversity. He is vice president of the Association for Communication and Media Culture (dkmk.hr) that runs the project djecamedija.org. Igor is one of the authors of the first public opinion research on Media Literacy in Croatia and editor of the interdisciplinary scientific journal Medijske studije/Media studies. He is also co-author of UNESCOs Paris Declaration on Media and Information Literacy in Digital Era.

LanaCiboci

Lana Ciboci, PhD, is a Vice-dean for Scientific Affairs and Quality Management at the Edward Bernays College for Communication Management. She is a Vice-president of the Association for Communication and Media Culture within which the project "Children of the media" was implemented. Lana is one of the authors of the first public opinion study on Media Literacy in Croatia and editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Communication Management Review.

Ivana Cosic Pregrad

Ivana Ćosić Pregrad is a psychologist, working at the Child Protection Centre of Zagreb. She is a programme coordinator at the counselling centre for children and parents. Ivana is working on the UNICEF project on child electronic abuse. She is an author of several scientific and expert papers.

Dunja Potocnik

Dunja Potočnik, PhD, is a sociologist at the Institute for Social Research. She works on youth and new technologies, youth unemployment, social structure, intergenerational mobility, youth policy and science and higher education policy. Dunja has written one book, 18 scientific and many expert papers. 

Dejan Vinkovic

Dejan Vinković holds a PhD in Astrophysics. He teaches at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Split, Croatia and manages the Science and Society Synergy Institute in Čakovec, Croatia. He has written many scientific and expert papers. His main field of expertise, besides astrophysics, includes computational sciences. He also works on science and educational policy. 

Contact

Hrkids.online – Croatian web site

Highlights on EU KIDS Online Croatia 2017 on Croatian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y4I1QBveDo