Ghana launches Child Online Protection Reporting Portal

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Ghana’s Communications Ministry through the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) launched the Child Online Protection Reporting Portal to improve the country’s preventive and reactive interventions in addressing child online safety issues, the Daily Graphic newspaper has said.

According to the Newspaper, the Ministry of Communications (MOC) similarly has revised the National Child Online Protection framework.

The Communications Minister speaking at the launch of this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month in Accra on Thursday, October 1, 2020, said, children contribute to the internet users in the country and globally

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The Ablekuma West Member of Parliament, Ursula Owusu Ekufful said the Child Online Protection Reporting Portal would help the Ministry receive reports of Child Sexual Abuse Materials available on the internet.

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This she said is because children in the country are exposed to online sexual abuse through cyber grooming, cyberstalking, sexting, commercials and gaming applications.

She furthered that the Child Online Protection Reporting Portal would also enable the National Cyber Security Centre in “reporting of cases to the appropriate organisations such as Facebook, to ensure that the images are taken down.”

“The portal, which will complement the Points of Contact (PoC) will provide a safe platform for people to report suspected child sexual abuse materials,” she said, adding “It is my firm belief that, the National CERT will find the collaboration with the IWF beneficial in responding to cybersecurity incidents involving children.”

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The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), Mrs Cynthia Morrison in her address advised children to desist from giving out confidential details to anonymous or unknown people on the internet.

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The Member of Parliament for the Agona West constituency explained that such personal information could be wrongly used against and harm them

Source: Georgeweb.org

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