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Plovdiv Youth exchange with NorwayBetween 8 and 12 September 2022, an international youth exchange took place in Plovdiv with the participation of 40 young people from Bulgaria and Norway. Young people from both countries were trained together in the programme "Youth in Action". The programme is developed by representatives of the Youth centres in Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Vratsa and Dobrich, the Applied Research and Communications Fund - coordinator of the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre, the Norwegian organization "Norsensus Mediaforum" and the program operator of the program “Local Development, Poverty Reduction and Enhanced Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups”.

Care for TruthAn international conference, dedicated to counteracting fake news and anti-Roma misinformation was held in Sofia on the 13th of July. The conference is part of the CARE for TRUTH project, co-financed by the European Union "Rights, Equality and Citizenship" Programme (2014-2020) and implemented by the Applied Research and Communications Fund, coordinator of the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre, together with the C.E.G.A. Foundation (project coordinator), the Center for the Study of Democracy, and the Roma Lom Foundation.

Youth panel VarnaBetween 15th and 17th of June, the first meeting of the members of the Youth Panel of the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre and the young volunteers from the Directorate "Preventions", Varna was conducted. Together they participated in a series of training sessions, preparing them for peer trainers on the topic of prevention of child sexual exploitation online as well as other major online risks.

rsz img 2652Seven district schools took part in the initiative organised by the Local Commission for Combating Antisocial Behaviour by Minors and Adolescents – Poduyane and the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre between 27.04 and 23.05.2022. Antoaneta Vasileva, an expert at the Safer Internet Centre, conducted a number of trainings for students between fifth and sixth grade. They learnt the rules of ethical and safe behaviour while online (“netiquette”), as well as, which are the main risks on the internet and how to recognise them.

85 SU 5 class 1What is cyberbullying, sexting, inappropriate content and online sexual exploitation learnt over 120 students coming from different schools in the Kremikovtsi district. The trainings took place during the first two weeks of May 2022 and were part of the initiative organised by the Local Commission for Combating Juvenile Delinquency – Kremikovtsi and the Safer Internet Centre. The schools which were visited by the experts were in Butonets, Kremikovtsi, Chelopechene, Seslavtsi, Buhovo and Vrazhdebna.

ECCBetween 30 April and 3 May, Milena Radoytseva, a member of the Youth Panel at the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre and the representative of Bulgaria to the Eurochild Children's Council, took part in the first in-person meeting of young people in Brussels since the pandemic started. She was accompanied by the Centre’s Youth Participation Coordinator Dr Emanuil Georgiev. At the meeting, the current composition of the Eurochild Children's Council, in which the girl participated, passed the baton to the new ECC members.