NAIROBI, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) — African info know-how consultants on Tuesday referred to as for intensifying measures to make sure that youngsters are secure on the web as COVID-19 pushes many on-line.
Ezra Chiloba, the director-general of the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA), famous that with socialization restricted and faculties closed for some durations, youngsters have turned to digital options for play, communication and past-time growing publicity to on-line dangers.
“This requires enhancing measures that guard youngsters on-line from exploitation or abuse. We should empower them with expertise to make use of the web safely,” he mentioned throughout a webinar on little one safety and on-line security.
Caroline Mbugua, a senior coverage supervisor for sub-Saharan Africa at GSMA, mentioned over the previous years, Africans have skilled a variety of progress towards digital innovation however little has been placed on on-line security, significantly of kids.
Mbugua mentioned nations want to make sure they’ve insurance policies that not solely guarantee the security of kids but additionally don’t stifle their rights.
She believed public consciousness is the primary line of protection for each mother and father and youngsters, calling for the event and use of apps and different instruments that may take down content material that’s offensive.
In the course of the COVID-19 interval, the consultants recognized cyberbullying, cyber grooming, identification theft and sharing of specific photos and content material as a number of the dangers youngsters have confronted.
In response to Interpol, between 5 and 13 % of internet-using youngsters, aged 12-17, in Kenya reported experiencing on-line little one sexual exploitation and abuse in 2020.