The National Republican Guard (GNR) and Microsoft Portugal are promoting, from tomorrow, February 7 to Friday, February 10, throughout the country, several actions to raise awareness of the “good practices” of navigating Online, as part of the European Secure Internet Day.

Under the motto “Mark the difference: United for a better Internet!”, this is the fourth year that GNR and Microsoft have partnered together to organize a campaign targeting children and youth, parents, In this edition to educational agents.

In 2016, GNR and Microsoft sensitized 75,000 students, gave 450 enlightenment sessions for students and registered 150 sessions for seniors with the support of more than 200 volunteers.

By 2017, the goal is to reach more than 90,000 students, 1,500 parents, 400 schools, 1,500 teachers and 2,000 seniors, with the support of more than 700 volunteers.

The awareness actions will be carried out by military personnel (320 in total) and by volunteers from Microsoft Portugal, who will address topics such as cyberbullying, identity theft, privacy, inaccuracy of information sources, computer viruses and dependence on Internet.

During the year 2016, 911 computer crimes were registered, 157 fewer than in 2015. Nevertheless, with the increase in technological resources, there has been an increase in other crimes related to the computer environment, such as the 3 171 Mockery (plus 291) and 98 extortions (plus 22).

The inaugural session will take place tomorrow, February 7, at Microsoft’s facilities at Parque das Nações next to the Oceanário (Rua do Fogo de Santelmo, Lot 2.07.02), at 10:00 am, where they will be around 340 children and youths, 70 seniors, 40 heads of education and 40 educational agents.