19th May 2020
ALL NATIONS CONFRONT AN ONLINE THREAT
As the world congregates online to work, socialise and learn, new risks have emerged for children. These online safety risks have no national borders. In the light of this, Dr Howard Taylor, the Executive Director of End Violence, has joined forces with Julie Inman Grant, the Australian eSafety Commissioner, and Dr Joanna Rubinstein, the President & CEO of Childhood USA, to outline the threats and propose solutions.
As the COVID-19 crisis wears on, officials have told us that to prevent the spread of the virus, even those at low risk of health complications — such as our children — need dramatically to alter their lifestyles in the name of collective safety.
So far, COVID-19 has forced over 1.5 billion children across the world out of school. However, missing school, skipping team sports and activities, and steering clear of public transit will not protect our children from the dangers they face in the digital world. Passing more of their days online, children are being left even more vulnerable to a pandemic threat unrelated to COVID-19: sexual exploitation and abuse online.
As leaders of three organisations that focus on protecting children from violence and harm, we know first-hand the risks associated with children and young people spending more time online. We also know that with the expansion of networks, speed and new capabilities like cameras on almost every kind of digital devices, there has been an exponential increase in online abuse.
To read more, please click on this link: Three Global Leaders Outline Threats
Julie Inman Grant
Australia’s eSafety Commissioner
Dr Joanna Rubinstein
President & CEO of Childhood USA, Board Member of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, and a Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development
Dr Howard Taylor
Executive Director of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children