End violence against children online
Tirana, 27 March, 2018 – Globally, more than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day – a new child every half second. Digital access exposes these children to a wealth of benefits and opportunities, but also to a host of risks and harms, including access to harmful content, sexual exploitation and abuse, cyberbullying, and misuse of their private information. Despite children’s massive online presence – 1 in 3 internet users worldwide is a child – too little is done to protect them from the risks of the digital world and to increase their access to safe online content.
“We are launching today a multi-year programme, #Iamsafeonline to significantly advance prevention and protection of children from online sexual exploitation and abuse. In close collaboration with the children, Government of Albania, parents and care givers, civil society, child protection professionals, and private sector we will maximize the benefits of internet for children, while minimizing their exposure to risks and potential harm.” said Jawad Aslam, UNICEF Deputy Representative.
“AKCESK, as the Responsible Authority for Cyber Security, believes that awareness and knowledge are the keys to empowering children and young people to be responsive digital citizens and to build and strengthen their resilience on the internet. AKCESK will continue to support national awareness-raising initiatives for children, young people, parents and professionals with a range of stakeholders, including UNICEF, in pursuit of our mission ‘to make the internet a safer place for everyone.” said Vilma Tomço, General Director of AKCESK.
#Iamsafeonline programme will achieve the following results for children in Albania:
- Cases of online child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA) are investigated and perpetrators prosecuted;
- Child sexual abuse materials on the internet are reported and removed;
- Children, families, teachers, caregivers take protective measures, mitigate risks and prevent online child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Within the framework of this cooperation UNICEF Albania is signing a Letter of Collaboration with the National Authority for Electronic certification and Cyber Security (AKCESK).
UNICEF Albania’s intervention to tackle online child sexual exploitation, is supported by the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.