Launch of Vietnam Cyber Safety Club for Children

The Vietnam Cyber Safety for Children Club is striving to cultivate a secure digital environment for all youth in the country, driven by the resolute club members and bolstered by the assistance of the associated groups and organizations. With this endeavor, the organization seeks to bring meaningful benefit to its nation’s young population.

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The Vietnam Information Security Association (VNISA) has launched the Vietnam Cyber Safety for Children Club (VCSC) on September 27, aiming to strengthen the connection between relevant parties and promote online child protection. The club has 11 founding members, including businesses and organizations working in child support and protection in Vietnam.

With the rapid development of information technology and the internet, children are facing various risks, including cyber-bullying. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), one in five young people have been victims of online bullying.

Vietnam Cyber Safety for Children Club Launched
At the launching ceremony. Photo: VGP

Statistics from VNA reveal that there are approximately 750,000 sexual predators online at any given moment, with over 3 million accounts registered across the 10 most harmful child sexual abuse sites.

In 2022, the national emergency telephone number for child protection, 111, received nearly 420 calls related to child protection in the online environment and 18 notifications regarding channels or video clips with harmful content for children. In the first five months of this year, there were 128 calls and three notifications.

VCSC, chaired by Ngo Tuan Anh, Vice President of VNISA, will be responsible for researching and proposing the development of state policies and legal documents on online child protection. It will also communicate, promote awareness, and enhance skills in online child protection. Furthermore, VCSC will contribute to the creation of content supporting healthy online interactions for children in various forms.

Additionally, VCSC will assist VNISA in developing basic standards for child protection products and services, contributing to the expansion of the market for Vietnamese businesses offering products and services that protect and support children’s healthy online interactions.

During the launching ceremony, panel discussions were held on the theme “Supporting children to prevent fraud, online bullying, and Internet addiction”. Representatives from the Department of Child Affairs, Department of Information Security, and other organizations and businesses took part.

Hannah Nguyen