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Training delivered to 33,295 teachers and education staff of the Ministry of Education in Guatemala

Guatemala, November 8, 2022. 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 & Exploited Children (ICMEC), trained 33,295 teachers and educators in the framework of the educational project "Digital citizenship and cybercrime prevention", with the support of the Government of Canada.
The increased use of new information and communication technologies and the Internet by children and adolescents is an increasingly frequent phenomenon worldwide, which implies the need to teach them about the dangers of the Internet and prevent them from becoming victims of cybercrime.
The Internet is a useful tool for guaranteeing rights, but at the same time, it can negatively affect the younger generations who are especially vulnerable to criminals and inappropriate behavior, placing them in risky situations.
During the month of October 2022, 4 virtual workshops were held with the participation of teachers and educational personnel from all over the Republic of Guatemala, which has been a successful experience in this type of massive online training.
These trainings are aimed at strengthening the capacities of the teaching staff in the prevention of cybercrime, addressing the topics of introduction to the concepts of the Internet, cybersecurity and privacy; sexual cybercrimes: grooming, sextortion, sexting; cyberbullying and digital footprint.
The routes to report these crimes were presented; prevention materials were also provided; playful activities were provided to address these issues with students and tools were shared for the early detection of these crimes.
This initiative was carried out within the framework of the project "Strengthening the capacities of the justice and security sector in Central America", financed by the Government of Canada, under which more than 26,000 teachers and educators in Guatemala have been trained by 2020.