To combat online sexual exploitation and abuse of children in Karnataka, the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) has launched a campaign, #WebSafeAndWise. The initiative will begin with a comprehensive study over the next three months to assess the situation and design an effective program along with creating awareness amongst children, parents and school teachers.
Launched in association with the ChildFund India, the #WebSafeAndWise campaign aims to create a safer online environment for children and protect them from the escalating risks posed by the increasing use of digital technology and internet connectivity.
A significant surge in crimes against children in the online space has been seen in the recent past making it imperative to take urgent action for the welfare and protection of the young generation.
Talking about the partnership, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Government of Karnataka, Madhu Bangarappa says, “The Karnataka government extends its full support to the campaign and the study on prevention of OSEAC. There are over 1.20 crore children that are studying from 1st standard to 12th standard, covering two crore parents in the state. Online sexual exploitation and abuse of children is a severe crime against our children that requires urgent attention and strong measures. This project will provide security for children, which is of utmost concern. The efforts of KSCPCR, Women and Child Development Ministry and ChildFund India for this convergence project are to be highly appreciated and I assure to take up at the school and policy level.”
Adds Board Member of ChildFund India Rajesh Ranjan, “We firmly believe that by joining forces, the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights and ChildFund India have taken a giant stride towards securing the innocence and well-being of our children in the digital age. Through our combined efforts, we are committed to developing comprehensive programs that not only prevent the exploitation and abuse of children online but also create a safer virtual landscape for their exploration and growth. Together, we shall shield their innocence, empower their potential, and pave the way for a brighter, safer future for every child in Karnataka.”