Child online protection: multi-sectoral approach is key
Ulaanbaatar, 3 February 2016 – UNICEF jointly with Communication Regulatory Commission of Mongolia facilitates a roundtable discussion on protection of children from online violence, sexual exploitation and pornography.
The discussion attended by relevant stakeholders from government, civil society, ICT industry and private sector of Mongolia and facilitated by international experts from ECPAT and UNICEF is to encourage knowledge and experience between different stakeholders that are involved in ensuring cyber security for children.
Along with the profound benefits of the Internet come certain risks. Children and young people can face a number of dangers when using ICTs, such as exposure to inappropriate content, violation of their privacy, among others. Simultaneously with the increase of access to the Internet, child rights violations have migrated to the online world and have evolved to adapt to new forms of interactions.
A 2013 study found that in the U.S., 15% of high school students were electronically bullied. In Russia, up to 40% of children surveyed aged 9-16 reported meeting someone from the online world in real life. It is reported that action against child sexual abuse content tripled since 2006.
In Mongolia, children and young people are the most active and enthusiastic users of social media. Statistics show that 19.6 per cent of the Facebook users in Mongolia are children aged 13-17 and 40 per cent are aged 18-24.
“Tackling online child protection risks and capitalizing on the opportunities of the online world, however, requires a multi-stakeholder approach with the industry, policymakers, parents, teachers and children themselves” said Mr Roberto Benes, UNICEF Mongolia Representative. “UNICEF believes that Mongolia will commit to drive national responses by establishing multi-stakeholder bodies to develop the national response. We will standby to support the actions”.
A one-day workshop on protecting children from online sexual abuse and exploitation has been held for relevant stakeholders as part of the event.