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NCC Urges Parents To Guide Online Consumption Culture Of Their Children

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L-R: Dawn Dimowo, Manager, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google Nigeria; Dr. Haru Alhassan, Director, New Media and Information Security (NMIS), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Soniya Daiaveiga,  Head,  Digital Literacy, TechHer; Chiderah Ike-Okonkwo, Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB); Ajayi Festus, WebRangers alumni, during the 1st  edition of the Web Rangers Nigeria Summit 2022 in Abuja recently.

Following the negative consequences caused to children’s well-being by uncontrolled exposure in cyberspace, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has urged parents and guardians to monitor and manage the engagement of their children online. 

This call was made by the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta during the recent First Web Rangers Nigeria Summit in Abuja, a Google initiative that focuses on developing digital literacy and equipping telecom consumers with the knowledge they require for their online safety. 

At the Summit, with the theme, “Navigating the Responsibility of Online Safety Between Users, Providers, and Regulators”, which discussed measures for addressing challenges posed by online criminal activities as they affect children and the youth, Danbatta, represented by the Director, New Media and Information Security (NMIS), Dr. Haru Alhassan, said it is imperative to know what our children are doing in the cyberspace.

“The Commission is committed to supporting the governance and security of the nation’s cyberspace, as well as facilitating the adoption of innovative technologies and acquisition of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills.”

He said the telecom regulator is aware of the responsibilities entrusted to it in ensuring safety in the digital ecosystem, which informed its establishment of the NCC Computer Security Incidence Response Team (CSIRT) that was inaugurated in 2021.

He explained that CSIRT responds to computer security incidents to regain control and minimise damage, providing or assisting with effective incident response and recovery, and inhibiting computer security incidents such as malware, virus, and online child threats.

Alhassan also recalled the Commission’s establishment of the Internet Industry Code of Practice (ICP) in 2019, which is designed to secure the country’s cyberspace against imminent threats from cyber attackers as well as address issues such as online child protection, privacy, and data protection, among others 

Alhassan noted that the Commission is a member of the National Committee on the Development of a Unified National Strategy on Child Online Protection (COP) in Nigeria and emphasised that NCC regularly sensitizes parents and children on cybercrime trends such as cyberbullying, phishing, and online identity theft.

In his remarks, Dawn Dimowo, Manager, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google Nigeria, stated that the Summit is an opportunity for strengthening the advocacy for digital safety and allowing the youth to share their innovation. 

The maiden web ranger summit was anchored by the Public and Private Development Center (PPDC) through the Digital Inclusion and Safer Internet (DISI) programme. 

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