African Union makes urgent call to protect children online

7 Mar 2019

At the continental consultation meeting of the African Union (AU) on Combating Online Child Sexual Exploitation (OCSE) held between 6-8 March at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; the AU made ‘an urgent’ call for protecting children online from sexual exploitation. This meeting which is being attended by child protection and law enforcement officials from 55 AU member countries, is expected to mobilise respective commitment to address the challenge on sexual exploitation of children online.

 

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Children’s use of the Internet and mobile technology is increasing, and for many children worldwide there is no clear distinction between the online and offline world. Access to the Internet presents many opportunities for their education, personal development, self-expression, and interaction with others.

 

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