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Protect children from cyber dangers – COA

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A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Child Online Africa (COA) has called on the government, parents, and all stakeholders to strengthen processes of ensuring that the security of children is safeguarded on the internet.

According to the NGO, this must to be done to ensure the well-being of children using the internet.

Child Online Africa is child-focused research and advocacy non-governmental organization that campaigns for young people and their families to influence policies that affect the welfare of children.

Addressing the press, the Executive Secretary of the COA, Awo Amenya Makafui said the internet has served numerous importance to users with time but in order not to abuse its use to cause harm for children, in particular, there is the need for a serious advocacy campaign to make the internet a safer place for young people surfing the cyberspace.

According to her, most children out of curiosity abuse the internet by watching sites that will not be good for their character and end up putting themselves in danger.

She appealed to the law enforcement agencies especially the Ghana Police Service to scale up support to the National cyber security Centre by effecting the arrest of operators of harmful sites.

She maintained these operators if found engaging in any other forms of activities that endanger the safety of children using the internet should be swiftly prosecuted.

Commenting on the future of children who are fond of surfing the internet, she said their future looks bleak unless proper advocacy is put in place to halt the poor use of the internet.

She appealed to parents to find and make use of all the copies of the safety guide document which is about to be distributed across market centres and other public spaces to conscientize their children on the use of the internet.

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