UNICEF India, Facebook Launch Initiative To Create Safe Online Environment For Children

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  • UNICEF India and Facebook on Monday launched a one-year joint initiative to end violence against children with a special focus on online safety.
  • In a statement, UNICEF said the partnership seeks to create a safe environment for children online and offline.
  • It aims to improve children’s resilience and capacity to access the digital world safely, increase awareness on violence against children and its impact on children, families and communities, as well as enhance the skills of communities and frontline workers to better prevent and respond to violence.
  • The partnership will include a nationwide social media campaign and capacity building for 1,00,000 school-children on online safety, digital literacy and psychosocial support, it said.
  • The virtual launch of the initiative was attended by Joint Secretary of Ministry of Women and Child Development Aastha Saxena Khatwani, Facebook Head of Programs and Outreach Madhu Sirohi and UNICEF India Deputy Representative Programmes Yasumasa Kimura.
  • Khatwani said, “In the last year and a half, the internet has enabled children to continue with their education, removing the barriers of time and geography. As we encourage children to explore the great knowledge resource available online, we should be cognizant of the threats that come along with the all-pervasive nature of these online mediums.”
  • Kimura said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has increased chances for children to face violence, whether online or offline. Acknowledging the significant efforts being made to end violence against children, it’s important that different stakeholders come together, to increase awareness, change behaviours and perceptions around how, when and where violence against children occurs.”
  • “This is critical to promote better understanding the violence and most effective ways to ensure child safety both online and offline,” he said.
  • Source : indianexpress.com

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