The minister for communications, Mr. Edward Omane Boamah has admonished that parents should regulate their wards on the use of the internet. He was speaking during his keynote address at the inauguration of national steering committee on child online protection initiative on August 1st 2016 at the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) conference hall in Accra.
Mr. Omane Boamah stressed that the child online protection is a global challenge which requires continues effort and that this initiative should be a model for others to learn from whiles protecting children.
However, Child online protection initiative was established by the international telecommunications union (ITU) in 2008 to promote online safety of children around the world.
Again, the internet has brought measurable benefits but it has become disturbing how children are exposed to it. Therefore, a system must be put in place to aid protect children from the irresponsible use of the internet. According to Mrs. Awo Aidam Amenyah a stakeholder of the child online protection initiative said children are more often radicalized to do what they might not want to do. Ghana as part of the ITU has taken the initiative to adopt protective measures to at all levels to mitigate risk and prevent online offences.
According to Mrs. Amenyah, at least huge a percentage of children in Ghana would benefit from a basic online protection by 2021.
Story by Ruby Ama Akoto, Doreen Amevor, Nimat E. Tijani and Faustina Naa Ayele Johnson