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LIL 7864 CopyA national representative survey “Online Experiences of Children in Bulgaria" conducted by Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre was in focus at a conference organized by UNICEF Bulgaria and the State Agency for Child Protection (SACP) which took place on 14th of December 2017 in Sofia. Clara Sommarin, a child protection specialist on Exploitation and Violence at UNICEF Headquarters, presented the global report “The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a Digital World “ which includes data from the Bulgarian survey.

RakovskiFor the third year running, Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre has been training students aged 12 and 13 across the country to advise and help their peers who have faced a risk or an incident on the internet and also how to raise awareness about internet safety among other children. 242 Cyberscouts were trained in 2017 in 12 towns in Bulgaria: Pazardzhik, Sofia, Oryahovo, Dalgopol, Svishtov, Rakovski, Radomir, Belozem, Chalakovo, Plovdiv, Kyusetndil and Elena.

child on internetA new study on young children (0-8) and digital technology was conducted by Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre, as part of a European-wide study, coordinated by European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. A fieldwork was conducted between November 2016 and January 2017. The current research is a continuation of a 2015 study about how children aged 8 years or less and their families use and manage digital technologies. The result of that study was a valuable new knowledge that partially filled a considerable gap in the existing scholarship, which has previously largely neglected how the youngest children cope in the digital world.

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