New report released on online child safety in the Pacific Islands

Plan International Australia in partnership with ChildFund Australia and the Young and Resilient Research Centre at Western Sydney University have released a report Online Safety in the Pacific that is based on the research conducted in Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands to understand the challenges and opportunities digital technologies  present to  children.

While digital technologies present benefits to children, it also makes them vulnerable online. Though access remains a challenges for children, the report observes that this limited access to technology has impeded children from developing the skills to protect themselves online and neither are their parents or caregivers equipped to support the children

To address the issue of protecting children online and ensuring they  benefit from the use of  technologies , the report suggests recommendations under three pillars:  of protection, provision and participation. These include suggestions such as strengthening existing policies related to protecting children online, develop classification of age appropriate content online, allocate budget to build capacity among teachers, encourage industry to adopt safety -by -design approach, ensure quality programs and services by adhering to the principles of the Convention on the rights of the child;  protecting the rights  of children online and implement a community approach to protect children online