by MASAHUDU KUNATEH?
Scheduled for launch on March 20, the policy, which is hailed as the first of its kind, is part of measures to protect Ghanaian children from cyber?abuses.
The policy which has been developed by the National?Information Technology?Agency (NITA) would among other things build the capacity of security agencies and the judiciary to prosecute pedophiles and other bad elements who abuse children online.
The Director Operations at NITA, Eric Akumiah, who disclosed the plans to?ITNews Ghana.com?noted that thisgeneration?of youngsters had?access to information?and communications technology and thus vulnerable to violations.
?We have?incidents?that some kids are lured by?people online?to do bad things there. So, as a nation we want to stop these negative practices hence the coming of the policy,? said Akumiah.
?Already we have legislation for children?protection?but if you look at that legislation there is nothing specific on child online protection because it was adopted about ten years and that time the internet was not popular,? he added.
He explained that the Child Online Protection Policy would also define pornography and would include the amendment of current children laws.
?So, we need to?streamline?these legal measures noting that there are hit sites, pedophiles? sites, among others.? These pedophiles try to lure?kids online?to play dirty games with them.?
On the rampancy of?cybercrimes, Akumiah said the?law enforcement?agencies must act to punish culprits.
?One of the challenges we have for which we have developed all these cyber?security policies?is that law enforcement agencies go and arrest somebody who engaged in internet fraud, popularly known in Ghana as sakawa but the current law is not too solid enough to help the security agencies to prosecute such a person and as a result people go scot-free,? he said.