The CyberScout training programme of the National Centre for Safe Internet and Telenor Bulgaria took the 9th place in the European Crime Prevention Award held in December 2017.
The Cyber Scout programme was nominated to represent Bulgaria in this year’s European Crime Prevention Award competition dedicated to online security. It was presented in the framework of a Best Practice Conference organised by the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU in Tallinn on 15 December. In total, programmes and projects from 18 EU Member States were presented at the conference, with first place awarded to a team from Estonia.
The secretariat and the jury of the European Crime Prevention Network highly appreciated the effectiveness of the programme as a training supporting both prevention and the work of the Safer Internet Centre and the GDBOP on prevention and detection of sexual abuse and exploitation of children in the digital space.
The programme has so far trained over 500 students aged 11-12 from over 30 locations in Bulgaria, who have introduced over 5,000 of their peers to the risks of the internet and how to prevent them. The Cyber Scouts also advise their peers who are in a risky situation to report to the Internet Hotline and the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre’s Advice Line.
The programme will continue with 18 new trainings in 2018.