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Cyber culture enters Bulgarian schools

Until September 2018, Bulgarian schools will have access to the eDelivery System, maintained by the EAEW

Efforts to increase citizens' digital culture must continue and this is a challenge for all institutions. This was stated by Atanas Temelkov, the State Agency for Electronic Governance, to present the first of its kind interactive tutorial on cyber hygiene, intended for students, teachers and parents of children from the first to the seventh grade in the Bulgarian schools.

At the end of the school year, the State Agency for Electronic Governance and the Ministry of Education and Science (MES) and with the participation of the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and the Digital Society, Maria Gabriel, presented the lesson "With great technology comes the great responsibility" from metropolitan schools. The content of the lesson was approved by the Ministry of Education and Science for elective inclusion in the curriculum of the schools in the country from the school year 2018/2019 and includes a handbook and methodology for teachers, practical advice to parents on raising cyber culture of adolescents as well as tests for Checking students' cyber hygiene habits. The curriculum content is part of the materials prepared by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences within the framework of the National Cyber ​​Hygiene Campaign "It Will not Hack Me", which took place during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU under the patronage of Commissioner Maria Gabriel.

With the initiative, we draw citizens' attention to the risks in the Internet and create opportunities for teacher training. For six months, more than 8,000 children were trained in basic cyber hygiene skills. There have been dozens of meetings across the country with teachers and parents. The campaign also attracted thousands of followers in social networks, state institutions, non-governmental organizations and the Bulgarian business, said the chairman of the Agency for e-government Atanas Temelkov.

Until September 2018, Bulgarian schools will have access to the eDelivery System, maintained by the ESAE, and will have the opportunity to receive all the educational content through secure e-mail, Atanas Temelkov said. The system is a digital equivalent to classic mail and allows for full digital interaction with institutions. "In this way, we will significantly increase the consumption of e-government services provided by the state and will give young people knowledge of how their personal data are being used and how they are protected," said Atanas Temelkov.

"Over the past six months, we have shown that when we are united in our concrete actions, we can draw attention to the importance of the skills of young people in the online world, and we can all together make the digital transformation a positive thing for young people, their teachers , and help them shape their digital future, "said European Commissioner for Digital Economy and the Digital Society, Maria Gabriel, a patron of the" I will not hack "initiative.

Commissioner Gabriel highlighted the importance of media literacy skills and knowledge of the digital space threats. "There have been cases of abandoned Bulgarian school children as a result of hate speech and other vulnerabilities that violated the integrity of the person," Maria Gabriel reminded, urging teachers to be active and to teach cyber-hygiene skills to young people.

Commissioner Gabriel highlighted the campaign "I will not hack" as an example of good practice and within the European Safer Internet for the EU Safer Internet Information Campaign (# SaferInternet4EU) under her auspices. Maria Gabriel also drew attention to another initiative - the Alliance for the Protection of Minors on the Internet, which includes 25 organizations, including UNICEF and the major social networks, partners in overcoming the key digital challenges facing young people in Europe.

"The" I will not hack "initiative shows that in Bulgaria we want a digital transformation in which man is at the center and manages the processes, because we have values, we have principles," commented Commissioner Gabriel.

About 50 million euros for the digitization of Bulgarian education envisages a project of the Ministry of Education and Science "Education of tomorrow", announced Deputy Minister of Education and Science Denitsa Sacheva. In her words, the introduction of digital technologies and digital skills must be done carefully and responsibly.

Together with the Ministry of Education and Science, the DAEU will take the initiative to increase the digital culture and to promote and use the advantages of e-government in Bulgaria for the 11th and 12th grade graduates in Bulgarian schools.

All educational content of the "I will not hack" information and education videos are available in the Library of the Campaign Page at https://cyberneat.e-gov.bg/

Source: e-gov.bg

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