In a significant step towards safeguarding the digital well-being of Ghana and Senegal's children, the Global Programme on Cybercrime of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has launched a compelling campaign titled 'Safer Children Online.' The campaign aims to raise awareness about the growing issue of online child sexual exploitation and abuse (OCSEA) in West Africa, particularly in Ghana and Senegal, while empowering these communities to report such cases effectively with the necessary knowledge and tools.
For Amado Philip de Andres, Regional Representative of UNODC for West and Central Africa, the 'Safer Children Online' campaign is a commendable initiative that addresses a critical issue facing Africa's children in the digital age.
“This campaign takes a significant step towards creating a safer online environment for youths in West Africa. It is a reminder that, as a society, we must remain vigilant and proactive in protecting our children from the perils of the digital world.”
Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: A Rising Concern
The digital age has brought unparalleled opportunities for learning and communication, but it has also given rise to new challenges, particularly when it comes to the safety of children online. Online child sexual exploitation and abuse are grave concerns that require immediate attention. In Ghana and Senegal, as in many other parts of the world, children are increasingly vulnerable to online predators who exploit their innocence and trust.
The 'Safer Children Online' Campaign
The 'Safer Children Online' campaign by UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime seeks to address this pressing issue. Through strategically-placed billboards across urban centers in Accra and Dakar and on digital platforms, the campaign aims to:
How to Get Involved
To support the 'Safer Children Online' campaign, individuals, organizations, and communities can:
Together, we can make a difference and ensure that every child in Ghana can explore the internet without fear.