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  1. 1. Internet and psychological behavior of teens in Armenia Roman Harutyunyan, Child Protection Expert WV
  2. 2. Overview• Internet accessibility in Armenia• Keep Children Safe on Line Project• Psychological behavior of teens
  3. 3. Internet accessibility in Armenia Rapid spreading of Internet technologies in Armenia during the part 3 years (Internet cafes available in each neighbourhood, access to mobile, dial-up, wireless and other types of Internet has become more affordable). Since 2008 the monopoly power of internet provider was eliminated 4 new providers entered the market between 2008-2011. The number of internet users jumped drastically almost 10 times rating Armenia as a leader among CIS countries by level of Internet accessibility
  4. 4. Internet users as share to total population Country Share of Internet users1. Armenia 47.1%2. Azerbaijan 44.1%3. Belarus 46.3%4. Russia 43.0%5. Kyrgyzstan 39.3%,6. Kazakhstan 34.1%, Source: The study7. Ukraine 33.9% of international8. organization Moldova 30.9% Internet World Stats9. Uzbekistan 26.8% for 201110. Tajikistan 9.2%11. Turkmenistan 1.6%
  5. 5. Source: The Wold Bank, Armenia, at the end of 2011, users of social network Facebook were 242,140.
  6. 6. Keep children safe on line project Purpose: To increase children’s awareness on how to safely use the Internet, mobile phones and other modern ICTs;  To educate children about their rights to privacy  To increase parents and teachers awareness about online safety;  To provide all three groups with information about what, how and where to report an incident if exposed to any illegal activity online.
  7. 7. Main Activities  ToT and peers to peers trainings among children on Internet safety, on-line communication and benefits of informed usage of ICTs.  Awareness workshops with teachers and parents  Establishment of an on-line training for children in education portal  Creation of a child friendly website on on-line safety issues  Establishment of the proper complains mechanism via hot-line: 08 006 1111 and on-line reporting system  Improve cyber-crime legislationpeers
  8. 8. Psychological behavior of teens  During the trainings the teachers and parents shared their concerns on changed behaviour and perception of teenagers and detected deepening discord between adult and young generation. The psychological changes they noticed in their children are  Passion and attraction to internet that brings to Internet dependency;  Hidden interest to information on drugs use, abuse, pornography, paedophilia and other similar aspects;  Signs of fear, aggression and other emotional stresses;  Sense of estrangement from the real world.
  9. 9. Passion and attraction to internet thatbrings to Internet dependency• Hours spent in internet - both in front of computer or via cell phones• No communication with friends and relatives• Role reversal with teaching computer
  10. 10. Hidden interest to information on drugs use,abuse, pornography, paedophilia and othersimilar aspects• Different advertisements and flashing invitations in the Websites and social nets• Major danger – teens can become targets of pedophiles• The anonymity of some social networking sites makes it easy for unscrupulous people to target young teens and engage them in harmful conversations.
  11. 11. Signs of fear, aggression and otheremotional stresses• Many potential problems with social networking sites and the teenagers that use them. – Sites used by Armenian young generation- Odnoklasniki and Facebook• Both are open and to all, which means that the teen could be exposed to harassment, bullying or sexual advances.• Its rare for harassment to spill over into real-world conflicts, but it can still be a cause of emotional distress for teens.
  12. 12. Sense of estrangement from the realworld • Major amounts of time spent playing video games, often suffused with violence, appear to have the same negative effects as too much time watching TV • Many studies show that violent internet information increase aggression and hostility
  13. 13. Do we need an on-line corner forpsychologist?• We have opened a voting poll in our website• Within a short period of time we received 125 responses with 116 or 93% voting for the possibility
  14. 14. Your support ad experience is needed!!• At what extend we are ready to prevent and protect our children to appear in these situations? and• How skilled we are to support and empower them to get over the difficulties in case they face them?• These are the questions we are trying to find responses in the frame of our project and also are looking for experiences of other partners and yours….
  15. 15. Thanks