23 October 2018. The Ministry of Communications in collaboration with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the National Cyber Security Secretariat have launched the summary report for December 2017 on Child online Protection (COP) at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC) on Tuesday, 23 October 2018.
The theme for the event was “A Safer Digital Ghana”. The research was to create awareness for parents to monitor the activities of their children when they go online and also for the students to know more about child online abuse, harassment, and cyber hygiene.
In a video documentary that collected the opinions of students on what they do with the internet, parents were able to see how children really used the internet from accepting friend request from strangers to sending photos and videos to these strangers. The children were admonished to be more careful of the strangers as seen in a part of the documentary where one investigator used a false identity to entice females to meet him but went along with their parents to teach them a lesson.
The Minister for Communications and Chairperson for the Cyber Security Technical Web Group Honorable Ursula Owusu-Akuffo noted that the internet was a valuable resource for young people to learn, socialize and connect to people across the world. She however said it poses a threat to the safety and security of children online who were exposed to bullying, identity theft and online abuse that affected their well-being. She further encouraged the students to be mindful of their usage of the internet making an example with her niece whom she caught watching obscene images on a laptop.
The UNICEF representative in Ghana, Anne-Claire Dufay also stated that UNICEF was working to train the police in forensic investigation to help in child cyber security to track people online.