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SIF2Members of the Youth Panel of the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre presented Bulgaria at two important international forums. Dimana Dodova actively participated in the European Safer Internet Forum in Brussels and Milena Radoytseva, who was elected as the Bulgarian representative in the Eurochild Children's Council, took part in discussions with European politicians on the occasion of the celebration of the International Child Rights Day also in Brussels.

Milena Radoytseva as Bulgarian representative in the Eurochild Children's Council (elected with the votes of the young people participating in the "Reporters" initiative of the National Network for Children), together with the Co-ordinator for Youth Participation at the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre, Dr Emanuil Georgiev, took part in a high-level conference on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, held in the plenary hall of the European Parliament in Brussels on 20 November 2019. Official guests of the event were H.M. Queen Mathilde of Belgium, who is also the Honorary President of UNICEF Belgium, and the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli. They welcomed the participants and David Sassoli emphasised that the issue of children's rights is a priority for the European Union. The conference was attended by Vera Jourova, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumer Rights and Gender Equality, Michael O'Flaherty, Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Velina Todorova, Vice-President of the UN Commission on the Rights of the Child, Charlotte Gornitzka, Vice-President of UNICEF, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Eurochild and former President of Malta, among others. Children and youth representatives also took an active part in the discussion panels, including Sioda (14, Ireland), representative of the Eurochild Children's Council, who gave a speech about what the council's goals are and how its members intend to achieve them, prepared in advance by all the youth in the council, including the Bulgarian participant Milena.

The conference looked at the progress made over the past three decades and the new challenges for child protection in a globalised and digitised world. The topic of children's rights in the digital environment was highlighted by many of the participants, including the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli.

On the same day and the following day (21.11.), the members of the Eurochild Children's Council also participated in a number of meetings with members of the European Parliament and other senior European politicians or heads of prestigious international organisations. Milena Radoytseva actively participated in discussions with Velina Todorova, Deputy Chairperson of the UN Commission on the Rights of the Child, and with Adrien Taquet, French Secretary of State for Child Protection. Milena emphasised the importance of taking decisions for children together with the children themselves, as well as the importance of young people's safety in the digital environment.

EuroParliamentThe day after the conference in the European Parliament (21.11.), the annual Safer Internet Forum was held again in Brussels. The SIF is organised by the international Better Internet for Kids network, bringing together the European network of Safer Internet Centres Insafe and the International Association of Internet Hotlines INHOPE. Another member of the Safer Internet Youth Panel, Dimana Dodova, as well as the co-coordinator of the Youth Panel, Mirela Dimitrova, and the expert of the Bulgarian Safe Internet Centre, Rositsa Georgieva, actively participated in the event.

This year the theme of the forum was "From online violence to digital respect". The members of the European Youth Panel, including Dimana Dodova, for the first time, got to lead their own session, designed for all participants (and not optional, as before). With the active participation and initiative of Dimana (and with the support of Sabrina Vorbau, Project officer at European Schoolnet), the young people planned and conducted a highly interactive session, including game elements and provoking an in-depth discussion, not only about the victims of online bullying but also about its perpetrators among children, what causes them to commit online bullying and how to support and help them.

Other interesting sessions were also held on the topic of digital violence, with the participation of professionals such as Roger Loppacher, President of the Catalan Audiovisual Council, Thomas Myrup Kristensen, Facebook's Director of EU Affairs, Stephen Turner, Twitter's Director of Public Policy, Government Relations and Philanthropy, and other young people such as Emma Holten, children's rights activist, Gina Marlin, writer and activist, among others.

The next day, 22.11., Dr. Emanuil Georgiev took part in the Consultative Meeting of the European Commission with representatives of the Better Internet for Kids network members, where the Commission's strategy for children's online safety was discussed, as well as the needs and recommendations of the Safe Internet Centres in Europe.