Little one safety on the Web

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From an early age, children are exposed to cyberspace daily.

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According to a report by the Department of Children (Ministry of Labor, War Disability and Social Affairs), one of the members of the Internet Network for Child Protection and Rescue, in the first quarter of 2022 the National Child Protection Center received 111 more than 202,000 calls and consulted approximately 10,600 cases (an increase of more than 45% compared to the same period in 2021).

The ministry’s statistics also show that there were 147 cases of child abuse in the first three months of the year, an increase of 30 children compared to the first quarter of 2021, including cases of violence, sexual abuse, kidnapping and disappearances … Nguyên Thi Nga Deputy Director Department stated: “Cases of child abuse received by call center 111 will be verified and linked to local authorities.”

The girl (who wants to remain anonymous) claims that she is regularly harassed by strange phone numbers and that her photo was shared in a closed group on the Telegram platform. as a result “I’ve received countless messages asking for more photos, a lot of fictional messages, obscene and shocking comments. At first I thought I’d stop everything by removing the photos, but the reality is that these things don’t stop, no, they’re constantly bothering me.” and my life is completely upside down “she said.

This is just one case among many girls who post on social networks (Facebook, Instagram …) photos that have been stolen by “anonymous” people and subsequently published in closed groups or on rude website. Many victims are then arrested, bullied, and even abused. Many people do not know that too much information on the Internet can lead to negative or even dangerous consequences for people on their own.

Cybersecurity expert Ngô Viêt Khôi said: “The more you use social networks, the clearer your information about your preferences is. This habit creates a large database of each individual. This is information that social network operators collect every day, every hour. This data is then analyzed, processed and evaluated by artificial intelligence technology. . “

How to report abuse

Last April, Dà Nang launched a website and a mobile application to protect children in this central city.

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Over the last few years, Plan International in Vietnam (a member of the Child Internet Protection and Response Network) has received regular complaints about the lack of information security on the Internet. Among these cases is the case of a girl who not only “stole” photos and uploaded them in closed groups, but also published a phone number.

The Child Internet Protection and Response Network recently launched the website with many features that help keep children safe online. The Information Security Department (Ministry of Information and Communications) – the coordinating agency of the network – has tested the “Tools” and “Report Abuse” functions. With the “Tools” feature, users only need to enter a link to a website and then submit a request in order to check that the website is safe for children.

Regarding the “Report Abuse” feature, if there is any case of child abuse or acts of violence, harassment, fraud, bad website links, malicious groups or bullying … then anyone (including children) can report. . Thanks to the application of the red telephone line 111, will also be one of the secure addresses that will provide useful tools and software to help children engage in healthy interactions on the Internet.

In the two years affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of children in Vietnam with devices connected to the Internet (such as computers, smartphones, iPads, etc.) has increased by more than 66%. And many parents are afraid when their children connect to the Internet. They can’t know exactly what their descendants are doing in this cyberspace. Therefore, in addition to protective equipment, parents should always accompany their children online.

As parents, it is natural that you want to protect your children, but many do not know how to do it right. The solution for cybersecurity professionals is to provide young children with the necessary skills and information to be able to identify risks and defend themselves.

A safer and more sustainable safety net

Nguyên Phuong Linh, director of the MSD Sustainable Development Management Research Institute, said: “Education is seen as the key to bringing this kind of ‘digital vaccine’ to this generation. These ‘digital skills’ are based on the amount of’ S. in using social media; the third is Super with a child’s idea of ​​being like a superhero who not only “It protects itself, but it also has the ability to support and protect others on the Internet. This may be a bit of a high expectation for the younger generations, but it will help build a safer and more sustainable safety net.”

If digital skills are extended to all children and teachers, children will also have the opportunity to gain access to digital technologies to create “resistances”and face these challenges and the risks you face on the web. As a result, Vietnam must have national training programs for qualified teachers to guide children, but also to help parents accompany their children in online activities.

Vietnam currently has a national standard for child protection. But with the ever-new problems that arise on the Internet, it is necessary to have more specialized units. The use of the Internet is a child’s right, so it is necessary to equip him with the knowledge and experience so that they can exercise this right in an appropriate, safe, lawful and equitable manner.

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