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Patience Jonathan wants more protection for minors online

10 February 2014, 17:37

Abuja - First Lady Patience Jonathan has called for greater global efforts to protect children and young people from cyber threats.

She made the appeal ahead of the Safer Internet Day (SID) which will be celebrated worldwide on Tuesday.

She called on stakeholders to take practical steps to promote international and national policies, programs and educational initiatives to improve child online safety.

Jonathan urged the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) member states and sector members to continually build capacity and develop programmes and curricula to address the safe and responsible use of ICTs.

Her message stressed the importance of ITU members states sharing experiences and contributing expertise and resources to develop practical tools to help minimize online risks to children.

She advocated for the same rights of freedom of speech, association and privacy granted in the real world to be extended online.

The First Lady also called for the establishment of policies and appropriate frameworks that protect the use of private data and intellectual property.

Last year, ITU formally appointed Jonathan as Champion for Child Online Protection at a ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland.

ITU launched the Child Online Protection (COP) initiative in 2008 as part of the overall thrust to strengthen cybersecurity. It brings together partners from various sectors to ensure a safe and secure online experience for children around the world.

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