Plovdiv celebrates International Safer Internet Day

On the occasion of the International Safer Internet Day, the Local Commission for Combating Human Trafficking, Plovdiv together with the Regional Council of the Bulgarian Red Cross, Plovdiv and the Bulgarian Youth Red Cross, Plovdiv organize "Catches on the Net".

The contest will be attended by pupils from I-IV grade of the "Petko Slaveykov" School, Plovdiv. The children will present drawings on the topic and a jury will determine the winners, who will receive various prizes.

The aim of the initiative is to increase the Internet culture among children. Many of them from an early age use the World Wide Web for various purposes - informative, entertaining, educational. But the web also poses many risks for them, including involvement in human trafficking. The conditions of distance learning and isolation further facilitate traffickers in profiling potential victims, as well as recruiting and exploiting them.

According to UNICEF, one in three Internet users is a child. International Safer Internet Day was first celebrated in 2004 at the initiative of the European Commission, with more than 200 countries taking part in various initiatives each year.