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Salvadoran children raise awareness about cybercrime

San Salvador, May 9, 2017. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Division of Emergency 911 of the National Civil Police (PNC), have joined efforts to prevent computer-related crimes that affect children. UNODC and the Division of Emergency 911, in the framework of the program "Friends and Friends of 911" deliver talks to children on cybercrime prevention. The activity is dedicated to students, parents and teachers from different schools across the country.
During this activity, children learn about the proper use of the 911 emergency system and the dangers that can be found on the Internet. The opening ceremony was delivered by Ms. Nayelly Loya, Deputy Manager of UNODC Programme Office for El Salvador and UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime Project Coordinator in El Salvador. Ms. Loya spoke about the benefits of the Internet and social networks and also about the threats for children that exist on these platforms. Additionally, Deputy Commissioner Hugo Edgardo Padilla Castro, Chief of the Division of Emergencies 911, delivered opening remarks
This activity is developed every Friday and continuously supported by UNODC since April 7. Up to this date, 276 children, 23 teachers and 17 parents have been sensitized. The participants have come for the cities of San Salvador, Santa Ana, Sonsonate, San Miguel, Cuscatlán, La Paz, Cabañas and La Libertad.
These activities are supported by UNODC thanks to the financial resources generously provided by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the Embassy of the United States in El Salvador, in the framework of the project "Strengthening of the capacities of El Salvador National Police to effectively identify and investigate cybercrime cases", implemented by UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime.