Keep African children safe on the Internet

Posted on February 17, 2014 07:17 am

More monitoring and supervision is needed from both the government and parents to protect children from objectionable online content and cybercrimes, as a growing number of Africans gains access to the Internet. Me think that all members of society have a responsibility to protect children from pornography and they need to have a grown up who can identify online criminal activity. Recently an Italian kid committed suicide after cyber bullying. An expert I spoke to recently told me that some of the things that parents and guardians needed to watch out for to keep their children safer include videos and photos of child pornography. Also they should be vigilant as well with sex tourism advertisement. Most African countries Child Protection Law have no provisions on tackling and preventing online crimes against minors with majority focusing on defilement. In East African countries advocates of children rights have been agitating for laws to protect children and addressing emerging crimes against children through technology tools.

Such crimes are part of global technological developments and the law enforcement agencies must keep up with the trend. Undoubtedly many will agree that there is need to be new laws and regulations specifically addressing Internet based crimes targeted at or involving children. Parents also need to play a role by closely monitoring their children’s Internet use otherwise enforcement agencies will continues to be powerless to fight online child crimes without strong laws and commitment from the government and communities. A 2013 study on online pornography in sub Saharan Africa revealed that African government’s commitments are weak and supervision by technologically challenged parents is wanting and community leaders have terribly failed to tackle the menace. Few will disagree that technology has been a very beneficial thing to African continent. However, if no one is keeping an eye out then it can be dangerous for children and the region’s future.

Contador Harrison