UNICEF calls for children protection from online abuse



The UN Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF) has urged the government and the private sector to protect children from online abuse, exploitation, trafficking, cyberbullying and exposure to unsuitable materials.

Eva Hinds, the Communication Specialist of UNICEF, said in a statement in Abuja on Monday that the Executive Director of the fund, Anthony Lake, made the call at the unveiling of annual flagship report on “The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a digital world.”

Hinds said Lake had noted that one out of three children worldwide used the internet.

He added that in spite of children’s massive online presence or usage, too little was done to protect them from the perils of the digital world and to increase their access to safe online content.

Lake, therefore, emphasised collective efforts by government, the private sector, children’s organisations,…

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