Posting or sharing inappropriate content on the internet will soon land you in court
According to the minister of Communication, Minister Ursla Owusu-Ekuful, all content providers who post inappropriate content on the internet will soon face the law. She stressed that the government will soon ensure laws which will enable punishment for culprits that will be caught posting or sharing unacceptable contents by our society. Such content includes false or fake accusations and erotic images and videos.
She made this announcement known when she was addressing stakeholders at the just-ended National Week Celebration of the Cyber Security Awareness Month 2019 which took place at the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre, Accra. And the theme for the event was ‘’Demonstrating Ghana’s Cyber Security Readiness.’’ This was set up to discuss Child Online Protection (COP). This is believed to help prevent some risk posed for our young ones on the web.
The Minister also made an assurance that her ministry is working behind the scenes tirelessly with some institutions to establish Child Online Development and Welfare which includes the Attorney General, Ministry of Gender, Children Social Protection Agency, and others. She made parents aware they must have a close and regular check of what their children uses the internet for.
Anne-Clare Dufay, a UNICEF Ghana representative was also present to grace the occasion and called upon the industry players to make their services child-friendly to prevent advantage being taken of.
According to the Minister, by the end of October, awareness education will be able to reach as much as 40 schools. The Cyber Security Policy will be reviewed for it to be able to meet international standards.
She finally urged corporate bodies to support the government in this quest as protecting the children in a country is everyone’s responsibility.