02 June 2022
On the occasion of the International Children's Day - June 1, the IMC organized today a roundtable discussion on the topic: "Protection of children and minors from inappropriate media content."
The roundtable was moderated by Faruk Rexhaj - Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the IMC. Participants in the panel discussion: Granit Musliu - IMC Member, Remzie Shahini Hoxhaj - Professor in the Department of Journalism, Donejta Kelmendi - Executive Director of KOMF, Valdrin Dervishaj - Legal Advisor at the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Merita Jonuzi, Human Rights Coordinator at the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Jeton Demi - Chairman of the Parents' Council in Prishtina, Habit Hajredini, Office for Good Governance - OPM and Tringa Lajqi - Save the Children .
The purpose of the roundtable was that in the framework of the International Children's Day - June 1, the actors could present their views on the child-media relationship, inappropriate media content, media education and possible ways to protect children from harmful media content.
Participants in the discussion panel presented to the audience their main points, mainly regarding media education, where one of the main issues is the protection of children and minors in the media. It was discussed about the protection of children from harmful media content, specifically what is considered inappropriate media content for children, how inappropriate content affects children, etc.
After the presentations of the participants, the roundtable continued with an interactive discussion by the participants and questions-answers for the panel.
From all that was discussed by the participants, they generally agreed that an approach of joint organization has not yet been formed between the responsible institutions and bodies such as: regulator, media, schools, parents' councils and other public institutions as well as NGOs whose field of activity is the protection of children's rights. Therefore, it is necessary to draft a unique policy at the national level for the protection of children and in this context to introduce media education and protection of children from harmful content in the media. While the representative of the Parents' Council was asked to review the protection of children from harmful content on the Internet, because in addition to rapid technological changes, the challenge of adequate legal regulation is needed, namely the amendment and drafting of legislation.