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Global Programme on Cybercrime trained 20,000 teachers, educators and administrative staff of the Ministry of Education of Guatemala

Guatemala, July 28, 2021. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN) through its office in Guatemala and the Global Programme on Cybercrime, in coordination with the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) and the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) trained more than 20 thousand teachers, educators and administrative staff in the framework of the educational project "Digital Citizenship and Cybercrime Prevention", with the support of the Government of Canada.

During the months of May, June and July of this year, 7 virtual workshops were held with the participation of teachers from all over the Republic of Guatemala, which has been the first successful experience in this type of massive online training.

With the objective of strengthening the capacities of the participants in the prevention of cybercrime, the following topics were addressed: Introduction to the concepts of the Internet, cybersecurity and privacy; sexual cybercrimes: grooming, sextortion, sexting and human trafficking; cyberbullying, disinformation, misinformation and gender cyberviolence.

In addition, the routes to report these crimes were presented, prevention materials for educators were provided, recreational activities were recommended to address these issues with children and adolescents and tools were provided for early detection of these crimes.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in child sexual abuse material, given the context in which children and adolescents spend more time connected to the Internet, placing them in a vulnerable situation.

The Minister of Education, Claudia Ruiz Casasola urged the teaching staff to develop prevention skills in the student population and identify behaviors that constitute a crime, it is essential to know the dangers involved in the disclosure of confidential information and the need to protect children.