BULGARIA Safer Internet Centre
Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre
The Safer Internet Centre in Bulgaria started back in 2005 by the non-governmental Applied Research and Communications Fund (ARC Fund) with the launch of a Hotline for fighting illegal and harmful for children content and conduct in internet .
From 2008, ARC Fund established an awareness node in a consortium with Association Roditeli (Parents) and Deconi advertising agency thus creating the Bulgarian combined Safer Internet Centre. And in April 2011 a Helpline operated by Association Roditeli was launched.
ARC Fund is a member of the International Association of Internet Hotline Operators INHOPE and of the Insafe network.
Since 2006, ARC Fund has been co-ordinating the national events and initiatives in the country connected to the Safer Internet Day.
Over 100 young people voted a Charter of Online Rights of the Young People at the Bulgarian parliament
After heated debates, voting and re-voting - very much like the real parliamentary discussions, 100 young people voted and accepted the Charter of Online Rights of the Young People in Bulgaria on the Safer Internet Day.
The 3-hour long debates took place in the building of the Bulgarian parliament in the presence of several members of the parliament: Galina Bankovska, Katia Chalakova and Irena Sokolova, the chair of the State Agency for Child Protection, representatives of the Ministry of Education, Cyber Crime Unit, Vivacom, the head of CEE policy Gabriela Cseh and the assessment officer of Insafe Hans Martens.
The complete footage of TeeNET parliament’13 (1.4 GB) is available for download from here.
The TeeNET parliament was organised by the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre Safenet.bg, coordinated by ARC Fund and Parents Association and supported by the EC Safer Internet Programme. The online elections took place on a specially designed application “TeeNET parliament’13” on the Facebook page of the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre.. Between 30th November and 15th January all boys and girls between the age of 13 and 19 with a valid Facebook profile are eligible to apply by designing their election avatar and creating an online right for a slogan. The slogan should consist of the right itself and its limitations.
For us in the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre the theme of the online rights and responsibilities focuses on the inclusive and participatory nature of the internet of today. When online, children are not just passive consumers anymore, but active creators of their own content, online personality, community, reality. With such power at hand, inevitably come the responsibilities which are rarely addressed in the classroom or at the dinner table at home. Raising awareness about the interconnection between online rights and responsibilities of the young people is crucial for two reasons. First, to ensure that all children are empowered to protect and promote their rights online like-wise offline in a smart and positive way, and, secondly, all children should realize that their rights are dependent on the extent to which they respect the rights of the other users. Thus, they will be prepared to become active and productive citizens in the digital age. And the power of the internet, they will rather use it than abuse it.
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Safer Internet Centre web-portal: http://safenet.bg