Concerns over online child sexual abuse

  • Cambodia
  • Sunday, 19 Jul 2020

National Cambodian Council for Children (NCCC) secretary-general Nhep Sopheap has expressed concern over child sexual abuse on the Internet as children have been studying online.

A working group from the NCCC has been discussing plans to prevent such exploitation, she said.

“The main point we are considering is strengthening local governance by providing information to parents to monitor their children’s activities more closely.

“Obviously, during Covid-19, children learn online and the system is very broad. If they focus on the lessons it is very beneficial.

“But we are afraid they are not learning but turning to other things related to sexual exploitation. So, this is an issue that needs to be addressed urgently, ” Sopheap said.

Child Protection Unit (CPU) operations director James McCabe said that preventing child sexual abuse required observing the children’s actions and if there were any noticeable problems, parents must report the matter to the authorities.

Most children know how to use the Internet. But they can be easily deceived, he said.

“CPU is proud to have a close partnership with Cambodian police in protecting children and investigating offences related to children, especially online crimes.

“It is a huge problem around the world. The CPU has found nine online crimes so far this year, ” McCabe said. — The Phnom Penh Post/ANN

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