FG Approves National Child Online Protection Policy. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami revealed this after FEC.
Briefing newsmen after the council meeting presided over by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, said the Federal Executive Council approved the National Child Online Protection Policy and Strategy and Data Protection Bill among others.
The policy is essentially designed to protect children from unsolicited content online.
According to him, this has become a global requirement in line with a policy document released by the international telecommunications union with Nigeria as a member on keeping children safe in the digital era.
The Minister added that in the report of the International Telecommunication Union, during COVID-19 more than 1 billion children were online, most of them for their studies, because schools were shut down.
He added that “Children will not be able to differentiate what is beneficial or what is harmful. And today without any solicitation, if you go online, you will discover that many things are coming into your device unsolicitedly. And if you are at least matured, you will be able to avoid but children would not be able to and that will definitely affect their innocence and will even affect them morally and otherwise.”
He said it is against this backdrop that the council approved the National Child Online Protection Policy and Strategy.
Pantami noted that the government is working with 37 institutions of government including NOA, NBC, Ministry of Justice, Information and culture, Office of the National Security Adviser among others in a multi sector approach.
He said that towards its implementation, a governance structure using these relevant institutions of government would map out strategies, leveraging on existing laws.
The council also approved the National Data Protection Bill to ensure the privacy, confidentiality and security of data submitted to government and private institutions.
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