GLOBUL to hold online safety campaign

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GLOBUL will launch online safety campaign on the occasion of the International Safer Internet Day on February 5. The initiative which is held for a fifth year in a row is aimed at encouraging responsible use of Internet and mobile technologies by children and young people and providing useful tips for responsible behavior online.

This year’s campaign is held under the motto ‘There is nothing to be afraid of in the darkness, but on the Internet there is’. As part of the campaign, GLOBUL will send to its clients a text message advising them to be careful when sharing personal information, communicating online or surfing the Web, since reasonable behavior on the Internet can prevent potential risks and negative consequences in real life.

On February 5, GLOBUL will remind users of the main online dangers through special publications on its Facebook page. In order to raise the awareness of young people about their rights and responsibilities on the Internet, the company will organize an online discussion which will take place on the video-sharing website VBox7. Practical tips on the issues of online safety for children, teenagers and parents are also available on the operator’s website www.globul.bg.

To encourage responsible online behavior, the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre will organize the first-ever Youth Parliament which will convene in the National Assembly on February 5 to adopt a Charter of Online Rights of Young People. The public discussion will include students, official guests from the public and private sectors and representatives of the social network Facebook. The Youth Charter will be also published on GLOBUL website.

As a member of the Public Council on Safer Internet Use, GLOBUL traditionally supports protection of young people from harmful online content. The mobile content offered by the operator is clearly marked according to its suitability for the relevant age group. Parents may easily install optional passwords on children’s mobile phones in order to control their access to inappropriate services or content.

In 2011 GLOBUL supported the launch of the first Bulgarian Safer Internet Helpline which provides professional consultations and support to young people regarding online safety. Queries and signals can be submitted by calling 124 123, sending an email to helpline@online.bg or via Skype (username: blogbg).