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NCC Unveils Plan To Protect Children From Influence Of Internet

Posted: Aug 26, 2016 at 7:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has unveiled plan to protect Nigerian children against negative influence on Internet.

To this end, the NCC has developed a Child Online Protection programme to promote the protection of Nigerian Children on the Internet.

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, disclosed this during the North East Internet Governance Forum tagged, “The Internet of our choice : Empowering women and promoting children online,” organised by Nigeria Internet  Governance Forum in collaboration with Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) held at Prof. Iya Abubakar Centre, Bauchi, on Thursday.

Represented by Engr. Haru Alhassan, the Director, New Media and Information Security of NCC, Prof. Danbatta said arrangements had been concluded by NCC to launch and commence implementation of the Nigerian Child Online Protection Policy.

He said that the implementation would promote the protection of Nigerian children on the Internet against all forms of negative influence.

He lamented that some Nigeria children have been influenced negatively through participation in negative issues on the Internet, expressing optimism that the framework would protect them against such negative influence.

According to Prof. Danbatta, as number of mobile users, digital applications and data networks increases, the greater the negative influence.

“It is obvious that with the growing concerns with issues around the privacy rights, safety, security and exclusion, greater attention is required to protect sensitive business and personal information as well as safeguard national security. The governance of the Internet has therefore become a major global issue,” he stated.

He also revealed that the commission has commenced the development of the Internet Industry Code of Practice document.

“This document that will guide the commission and the industry in developing obligations, processes and procedures for dealing with Internet content issues,” he said.

He also said it would outline the obligations on Internet service providers, content service providers, application service providers and mobile network operators in relation to Internet inappropriate, offensive or potentially harmful content for minors and vulnerable audiences.

“This will lead ultimately to the establishment of shared principles, norms and rules that shape the use of the Internet in the country,” he said

He added, “The commission has also commenced implementation of the National Broadband Policy, by initiating the licensing process for the Broadband infrastructure companies. The implementation of the policy is expected to improve Broadband Internet penetration from currently 10% to about 50% in 2018.”

He assured that the commission would continue to engage with relevant stakeholders and other members of the Local Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group, the planning committee for NIGF to ensure that NCC offers more platforms such as this for the other zones in the country.

“At the end of the discussions and deliberations on this Forum, we would have a clear position on what needs to be done, who needs to do what and how it should be done. Also, articulating Nigerian’s position in the Global Internet Governance Fora,” he stated,

He thereby commended the NIGF, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) and the other organisers for the anticipated success of the forum.

Also speaking, Yunusa Zakari Ya’u, the Executive Director of CITAD, said the aim of the forum is to provide a platform for various Internet user groups and excluded communities to engage their views.

“Views and positions harvested from this would feed into both national and international discussions around the issues, including the Nigeria and Global Internet Governance Forum that is holding in November this year,” he stated.

He also said the forum would also provide opportunity for stakeholders from Nigeria to harmonise their positions before going to the Global Internet Governance Forum holding in November in Mexico later this year.

He thereby expressed the determination of CITAD to continue to educate and sensitise women on the use of Internet facility to make wealth as well as protect children on Internet.