sharing inappropriate content online to be punishable by law

The country is preparing to punish, by law, people who post and share inappropriate content on social media, according to the Minister of Communications, Min. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful.

The Minister has said soon the laws of the country would include strict punishment for culprits that share such contents. Even those that have such content in their possession are also going to be punished. The inappropriate content being talked about includes sexually explicit images.

This was announced when the Communications Minister was addressing stakeholders at the national week celebration of the Cyber Security Awareness Month 2019. This event happened at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, in Accra.

The event which was themed: “Demonstrating Ghana’s Cyber Security Readiness,” was set up to discuss Child Online Protection (COP). It was also to develop a structure to take on the risk posed to young people on the internet.

Min. Owusu-Ekuful also assured that her Ministry is currently working with a group of institutions to set up the framework on child online development and welfare. They include the Attorney General, and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection,

Samira Bawumia, the wife of the Vice President, who was present, commended the Ministry of Communications for the initiative. She said advised, “Parents have to be abreast of the use of the internet in order to guide their children on its usage as their children mostly knew more than them”.

Also present was a representative of the UNICEF Ghana, Anne-Clare Dufay. She called on industry players to make their products child-friendly to prevent them from being taken advantage of.

The Communications Minister added that awareness education has been increased among children across all the regions in the country. According to the Minister, by the end of October, 40 schools would have been reached. The cyber-security policy would also be reviewed to meet international standards.

She finally called on corporate bodies to jump in and support the government as protecting the children in a country was a collective interest as well as a responsibility.

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