The science of active listening is the third of ten topics within the project “Listen first” of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, which is implemented in cooperation with the Office for Drugs of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

Listen first was launched in 2016 during the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug problem. It began as a campaign on science-based drug prevention to raise awareness around listening to children and youth as the first step to help them grow healthy and safe.

Active listening to children means respecting their needs and desires, interest in their dreams, as well as learning about conditions such as social isolation and frustration that young people face every day.

Listening to children presupposes building a relationship of trust with children and in challenging life situations helps alleviate stress and feelings of anxiety.

Listening to children does not lead to weakening the authority of adults, but through interest in their needs and creating a sense of closeness with children, leads to strengthening the role of guardianship in the lives of young people, which has positive effects on children’s psychological health.

Social studies show that children who are given attention, especially in the early phase of childhood, have a greater predisposition to build healthier and more stable relationships throughout life.