In partnership with the Meta Group (formerly known as Facebook), Cameroon launched yesterday in Yaoundé a workshop on children's protection online. The goal is to find a new approach to make the digital world safer for children.
"This workshop brings together local and international actors from the public and private sectors around a common issue. It focuses on the sharing of ideas and know-how on the best global techniques for protecting children online," said the Cameroonian Minister of Telecommunications, Minette Libom Li Likeng. According to the report "The State of the World's Children 2017: Children in a Digital World" by Unicef, children make up one-third of the world's internet users. However, not much is done to protect them from the multiple dangers they could face on the internet.
With the ongoing workshop, the partners seek to develop tailored solutions to effectively protect children from exposure to pornography, harassment, online violence, etc. The meeting will give birth to a charter for the protection of children online in Cameroon. "This important tool aims to hold digital content creators and Internet service providers accountable in the national cyberspace," said Minette Libom Li Likeng. The workshop is part of the National Campaign for the promotion of the culture of cybersecurity and awareness of responsible use of social networks. The campaign was launched on August 12, 2020, and aims to lay the foundations for responsible digital education in Cameroon.