The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), is concluding plans for the internet industry code of practice to protect children and minors online. The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta revealed this at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) joint workshop on Child Online Protection in Abuja.
The EVC further stated that the code of practice will define the rights and obligations of internet access for service providers in handling offensive contents. He also added it was important to implement strategic measures for a safer internet, especially for children because children and youths were the most active online.
Professor Danbatta added that NCC would leverage on evolving global technologies and practices in the cyberspace to achieve its target of protecting Nigerian children online.
He also said the commission plans to introduce sensitisation and awareness project on how parents can protect their children online.
Earlier in his Welcome Address, the President of the Digital Bridge Institute DBI, Abuja, Prof. Mohammed Ajiya promised continued partnership with local and international stakeholders in Information Communication and Technology (ICT) sector to fight cyber terrorism against children.
“ We would continue to partner with the public and private sector, to protect children from abuse and develop them to fight for their rights in the context of ICT.
“ This partnership will further endorse the recommendations reached during a UN General Assembly of December 21, 2001.
Recall that the Telecom Regulator, in adopting the ITU guidelines on child online protection, organized a stakeholders consultative forum in 2010 which aimed at bringing stakeholders together to proffer ways of developing a national framework