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Safer internet Children sensitized on how to stay safe online

The programme was attended by school pupils and teachers drawn from different schools in Accra, representatives from the Ghana Police Service and some selected parents.

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A forum to sensitize pupils and parents on child safety on the internet was held yesterday February 10 at the GNAT Hall in the Greater Accra region by J Initiative, a child rights advocacy group focused on child safety in the virtual world.

The event was held in partnership with Facebook, the National Communications Authority (NCA) and others to create the platform for safety and security issues for children and young people in the virtual world.

The programme was attended by school pupils and teachers drawn from different schools in Accra, representatives from the Ghana Police Service and some selected parents.

An IT expert, Mr Maximus Ametorgor, who addressed the gathering on "making the internet better" asked pupils to be cautious about what they post on the internet since whatever they post online can not be deleted.

He added that kids must be careful the websites they visit, who they become friends with online and the people they chat with online.

READ MORE: J INITIATIVE, FACEBOOK AND NCA PARTNER FOR SAFER INTERNET DAY, 2016

Mr Ametorgor also advised parents to monitor the activities of their wards online.

According to him, the internet has dark sides children are not aware of, adding that parents must introduce their children to the internet at the right time.

He also said parents must not overlook the red-flags of anti-social behaviour and device-addiction of children.

Mr Ametorgor said parents must audit the online behaviour of children, including having an online policies for the family and the children.

In addition, he said parents must educate their kids on the dos and don'ts of the internet.

Mr Ametorgor also advised kids to report cyber bullies to the appropriate authorities.

Mr Eric Akomea, a member of the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), on his part said government is developing a map to deal with cyber security.

He added that there is a national steering committee in place for child online production.

He also took the gathering through a web page developed by the Ghana Computer Emergency Response team to deal with cyber crime/bullies.

Three guides on child online safety protection was launched and distributed to participants.

They include; "What you can do to make the internet better," "Empower educators," "Think before you share," and "reporting guide."

The program, Safer Internet Day (SID) is run by the INSAFE network and is celebrated every year across Europe, and in other countries worldwide. Ghana experienced the 2nd celebration yesterday since it was first organized last year, 2015.

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