99FM – Your Inspiration Station

Study on Online Exploitation and Abuse of Children Reveals Shocking Results

A recent study conducted in Namibia revealed that 29% of children surveyed between the ages of 13 -17 have seen child pornographic content online, while 31% of them said that they had been sent sexually explicit images of people they didn’t know.

To engage children and adolescents in ending violence online, UNICEF is launching #ReplyforAll, which is part of its global End Violence Against Children initiative. #ReplyforAll puts adolescents’ front and centre as messengers and advocates to keep themselves safe online. Children and adolescents will be asked to give their advice on the best ways to respond to online violence or risks and to raise awareness among friends through social media. This work has been supported by the WePROTECT Global Alliance, which is dedicated to ending the sexual exploitation of children online through national and global action.

UNICEF, together with the WePROTECT Global Alliance, is calling on national governments to establish coordinated responses between criminal justice systems including law enforcement, and child welfare, education, health and the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sectors, as well as civil society, to better protect children from online sexual abuse and exploitation.

Spotlight news sat down with UNICEF Representative to Namibia, Micaela Marques de Sousa on the shocking results revealed by a study conducted on the online exploitation and abuse of children .



-Interview Maggie Forcelledo