Protect the Children Inc. in partnership with the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications and Hak Technology is expected to implement the first National Child Online Protection (COP) Summit in Margibi County.
The three-day summit which begins July 15 to 18, 2019 is aimed at creating an open platform to enhance awareness on the risks children are faced with in accessing the internet.
It will bring both national and international speakers to share learning, experiences and best practice about the internet.
According to the National Director of COP Summit, Deroe Weeks, the platform will provide practical tools to reduce internet risks.
The COP summit Director speaking to reporters in a news conference said the program will also bring together national and international speakers to share learning experiences and best practices.
”In addition, we will equally engage them with panel sessions and dialogues, Digital Boot training, Games or Fun activities , showcase of exceptional ICT projects etc.” Madam Weeks told journalists.
The COP National Director is however calling on all stakeholders, especially parents and teachers, government, law enforcement agencies, civil society organizations to join them in making first the first of its kind event actualize.
Meanwhile, the Co-Chair on Advisory Board of Protel Inc. has cautioned parents to sensitized their children on the negative vices of internet.
Edmund Nah Kloh noted that children over the years are left vulnerable to bad features of the internet, something he believes hinder the development of the future generation.
According to him, many of today’s children, the internet, mobile phones and other technologies are a constant and familiar presence for them.
The distinction between online and offline he noted has increasingly become meaningless to their intents without the requisite approaches.
Mr. Edmund Nah Kloh said an increasing number of children can scarcely imagine a life without social networking profile but can gain its fruitfulness when measure s to augment their educations are upheld.
”There is no doubt that the internet yields numerous opportunities and benefits for children in terms of its impact on their educational attainment and social inclusion but has also resulted in risking children and young people of having abusive images shared over internet” he told this news platform.
This, the Co-Chair on Advisory Board of Protel, Inc. explained is being groomed or lured into sexual conversations and exploitation by adult offenders.
Mr. Nah Kloh in the interview said call by Protect the Children Inc is import and needs consideration ranging from the public, private, local and internal development sectors.