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UNICEF’s Note to Keep Children Safe from Cyber Crime

Team SoOLEGAL 20 Apr 2020 4:45pm

UNICEF’s Note to Keep Children Safe from Cyber Crime

On Wednesday, 15th April, UNICEF and partners raised concerns during a meeting as regards to, millions of children being at increased risk of harm as their lives has shifted rapidly to online resources during the COVID-19 lockout.

“The coronavirus pandemic has led to an unprecedented rise in screen time”said Dr.Howard Taylor, Executive Director of Global Partnership to End Violence. “School closures and strict containment measures mean more and more families are relying on technology and digital solutions to keep children learning, entertained and connected to the outside world, but not all children have the necessary knowledge, skills and resources to keep themselves safe online.”

The school closures have affected more than 1.5 billion children and young people worldwide. Most of these students are now taking lessons and doing more online socialization. Spending more time on virtual platforms can leave children vulnerable to online sexual exploitation. Lack of face-to-face contact with friends and partners may result in increased risk-taking, such as sending sexual photos, while increased and unstructured online time may expose children to potentially harmful and violent content, as well as an increased risk of cyber bullying.

“Under the shadow of COVID-19, the lives of millions of children have temporarily shrunk to just their homes and their screens. We must help them navigate this new reality,”said Henrietta Fore, executive director of UNICEF. "We call on governments and industry to join forces to keep children and young people safe online through improved safety features and innovative resources to help parents and educators teach their children how to make safe use of the internet."

In the light of this, the schools must update safety policies to represent emerging realities for kids like learning from home and encourage and maintain healthy online behaviour. The schools must also ensure continuous access to school-based therapy services for children.

Simultaneously parents must ensure that children's computers have the latest security updates and antivirus programs. They have open dialogs with children about how and with whom they interact online. Parents should also work with children to develop guidelines for how, when and where the Internet should be used and warn their kids as regards  to signs of distress that may occur in connection with their online activities and further familiarize themselves also with school policies.



Tagged: Cyber Crime   Children Safe   UNICEF   COVID-19   coronavirus pandemic  
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