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UNODC celebrates Hackathon in El Salvador "Advises the little one for the safe use of the internet" in the framework of Safer Internet Day activities

San Salvador, El Salvador, February 10, 2018. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in collaboration with Telefónica, organizes the hackathon entitled "Advise the little ones for the safe use of the internet" in the framework of global activities for the celebration of Safer Internet Day.

In the Hackathon, 24 young people between 15 and 20 years old participated with the objective of developing apps, videos or digital materials to advise children between 6 and 12 years old about the safe use of the Internet, to warn them of the potential risks that exists and provide them tools for their online self-protection. One of the goals of the event was to produce prevention materials and tools, based on positive values and skills for life such as teamwork, empathy, critical thinking and the ability to resolve conflicts, prepared by young digital natives that are easily understandable and useful for other youngest digital natives.

The activity was developed through a hackathon because it has pedagogical characteristics and promotes collaborative work among peers; it is oriented to the resolution of problems, puts focus on the work process as an instance of learning and favors the intrinsic motivation of the participants.

The working groups, where 66% of them had female representation, developed the proposals through video editing, videogame programming, mobile application development and virtual reality games.

It is worth mentioning that this activity has a direct link with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), especially with the following objectives: 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; 16 - Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies; and 17 - Revitalize the World Alliance for Sustainable Development. As well as the principles of the Doha Declaration on the integration of crime prevention and criminal justice.

The Doha Declaration recognizes the importance for sustainable development of promoting peaceful, uncorrupted and inclusive societies, emphasizing a people-centered approach that provides access to justice for all and creates effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Within this framework, one of the objectives of the Declaration related to Hackathon is to develop awareness-raising programs to transmit fundamental values ​​based on the rule of law and supported by educational programs that promote equality, solidarity and justice, and get the attention of young people in order to count on them as promoters of positive changes as has been encouraged this time in El Salvador.

The contribution to objective 5 was achieved through the full and effective participation of young women in the preparation of the proposals, thus creating opportunities for equal opportunities to exercise leadership at all levels, since all the proposals were sensitive to the equality and gender equity. In addition, through the proposals presented, the use of information and communication technology was promoted to encourage the empowerment of women and girls.

On the other hand, the contribution to goal 16 is linked to reducing all forms of violence since all the proposals were worked precisely for the prevention of the potential risks of being victims or offenders of crimes like cyberbullying, sexting, sextortion or grooming. Finally, highlighting as good practice the alliance with the private sector, through the Telefónica company for the development of the activity, which is related to the fulfillment of goal 17 of the SDGs that raises the need to promote the building effective partnerships in the public, public-private and civil society.

The activity was carried out thanks to the financial resources kindly provided by the State of Qatar and Norway, within the framework of the global project of Cybercrime and the implementation of the Doha Declaration on the integration of crime prevention and criminal justice, implemented by UNODC.