COMMUNIQUÉ: National Online Protection Summit

COMMUNIQUÉ

In line with the mandate of Her Excellency, the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as ITU Child Online Protection Champion, following her appointment as the Child Online Protection Champion by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), the 1st National Youth Online Protection Summit was organized by the Office of the First Lady in partnership with relevant Public and Private Youth and ICT organizations. The Summit held in Abuja, Nigeria, on Tuesday, 3rd August, 2013 with the theme “The Internet: Emerging Threats, Solutions for the Youth” and it underscores the importance of the internet as a ubiquitous modern day tool as well as its increasing vulnerabilities.

2. The Summit is the beginning of a national campaign initiated by the First Lady to inculcate a culture of safety for children and youths while they are online as well as to mobilize schools, teachers, parents, other stakeholders and the government to intensify efforts directed towards ensuring the protection of children and youths online. It forms part of activities leading to the Global Youth Summit: BYND 2015 in San Jose, Costa Rica, which will provide a platform for young people all over the world to seek to contribute to the United Nations and Civil Society engagement processes (often referred to as Beyond -2015), which will prioritize ICT inclusion as a central pillar of a post- 2015 development agenda to ensure a safe online environment for children and youths.

3. The primary objective of the National Youth Online Protection Summit was therefore to provide a platform for young people from across Nigeria, within the age bracket of 12 -25 years, to highlight and discuss emerging threats in the use of the internet, proffer solutions that will promote safety on the information super highway, which ultimately enhances confidence, security in the use of ICTs and ensure that children and Youths stay safe while utilizing online resources. It also provided a unique opportunity for them to be aware of policies and efforts on child online protection in Nigeria and around the world, being put in place to help protect the whole internet community from online threats.

4. In addition, the Summit also had components expected to impact safety skills which will help tackle the growing problem of cyber crimes and online threats and give the toolkit to enable safety of children and youths online. Participants received online protection training provided by Google Nigeria, while 100 lucky participants were offered scholarships for ICT training from New Horizons. All participants also received the Online Protection Guide Book.

5. The outcome of the Summit will feed into the forthcoming Global Youth Summit in San Jose, Costa Rica.

RECOMMENDATIONS

16. The Summit recommends the following measures to address online threats, thereby creating a safe online environment for the children and youths:

i. There is need to raise awareness on Child Online safety issues.
ii. A committee should be set up by the government in all communities to help young people report threats they face online.
iii. All levels of governance in Nigeria – Federal, State and Local Government, including the Legislature, supported by Corporate Organisations, particularly the ICT sector, should provide assistance in addressing the issue of online threats.
iv. Parents, guardians, teachers should also intensify efforts to monitor social media activities of children, wards or students on facebook, twitter, flicker, 2go, badoo, to mention a few.
v. There should be coordination among all relevant agencies related to ensuring a safe online environment for children and youth
vi. A Protection Software be made available and accessible in form of a content watch and parent control software should be developed by software developers, to be installed on computers for the purpose of assisting parents in protecting their children from harmful online contents.
vii. Security agencies in Nigeria should come up with counter cyber security measures that will protect children and youths against all forms of Cyber threats.
viii. Multilateral and international partnerships across institutions, countries, government agencies and organizations with a view to forging a common front to confront online threats. The National Assembly, State and Local Governments, International and National ICT companies and internet providers, Government agencies should rally round the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ITU Child Online Protection Champion on efforts to bring a safe online environment and ensure that she leaves a lasting and unique legacy on the sands of time.
ix. Faith and Youth-based organizations should be encouraged to fight cyber crime
x. Include cyber safety and protection as part of curriculum for primary, secondary and tertiary institutions.

17. The participants commended the First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Child Online Protection Champion, Her Excellency, Dame (Dr.) Patience Goodluck Jonathan for initiating the 1st National Youth Online Protection Summit and the supporting organizations for their efforts.

18. The participants requested the First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Child Online Protection Champion, Her Excellency Dame (Dr.) Patience Goodluck Jonathan to cause the Communiqué of the 1st National Youth Online Protection Summit to be transmitted to the Global Youth Summit: BYND 2015 in San Jose, Costa Rica from September 8-11, 2013.

19. The participants thanked the First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Child Online Protection Champion, Her Excellency Dame (Dr.) Patience Goodluck Jonathan for the opportunity to be part of the Summit and benefiting from the interaction with their colleagues from all over Nigeria.

Signed this 3rd day of September, 2013, in Abuja, Nigeria

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