Child Online Protection Drive

Friday, December 19, 2014

NITA-U together with local and international partners including but not limited to the Ministry of Information and Communications  Technology (MOICT), International Telecommunication Union (ITU) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Commonwealth Telecommunication Organization (CTO), Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) are joining efforts to identify risks and vulnerabilities to children in cyberspace and create awareness on child online protection.

 

The Internet plays a very important role in the provision of education for children, enriching the curriculum and helping to bridge language and other barriers between the children of all nations and that the Internet has become a major platform for many different kinds of educational, cultural and entertainment activities for children. However, risks to children and abuse of these technologies continue to exist and, as a result of changing technologies and societal behaviors, new risks and abuses continue to emerge.

 

Our children are our common future. They constitute the most vulnerable part of the society. Therefore, the pressing challenge in Africa in general, and in Uganda in particular, is to strengthen child capabilities to using more instructively, more productively and more creatively ICTs in general and, the Internet in particular.

 

Confidence of the society in ICT has to be enhanced through, among others, preventing potential harm to the most vulnerable parts of the society, in particular children.
These efforts are amongst others aimed at protecting children in cyberspace and provide safer access to all the extraordinary opportunities and resources that are available online.