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SECO Sexual Exploitation of Children Online
The vulnerability of children to sexual abuse and exploitation online is amplified today by the ultra-rapid expansion and easy accessibility of the internet as well as third and fourth generation mobile telephones. For many children, the internet and mobile phones are familiar objects, almost constants in their lives and they are able to move with ease and fluidity between real and the virtual world.
There is no doubt that the internet offers ample opportunities to children in terms of enhancing educational performance or inclusion in the social media. However, it also exposes them to risks beyond the limits of age or of geographical boundaries. Children are at risk of finding their photos shared online, of being groomed by adult sex offenders for holding sex chats online, of being sexually abused online or of cyber bullying.
According to Nepal Telecommunications Authority, Nepal, with a total population of around 28 million, to date 11 million internet users representing an internet access rate of almost 40%.
DO NOT SHARE YOUR PASSWORD
Use a strong password (combination of combination of letters, numbers and symbols). Do not share your password with others except your parents.
THINK BEFORE YOU ACCEPT
Be selective with friend requests. Do not accept requests of unknown person. Before you accept a friend request you should have a look at their full profile. Sometimes it might be fake ID. People might pretend to be someone they are not. Information given in the profile also might be fake. Don’t feel pressured to accept random friend requests. Firstly, recognize well, think twice and then only accept friend request.
THINK BEFORE YOU POST
Think properly before posting your personal information, whereabouts, photos and videos.
DO NOT USE ABUSIVE LANGUAGE IN SOCIAL MEDIA
Do not use abusive languages while chatting or commenting on a post. Know how to report posts.
USE 'PRIVACY SETTING' RULES
Customize your privacy settings to control who sees your posts on social media. Consult with your parents or seniors about the privacy setting rules.
DO NOT OPEN UNNECESSARY LINKS
Think before you click unnecessary links on social media. It might put you in risk.
'SIGN OUT' OR 'LOG OUT' BEFORE YOU LEAVE
Do not log in from random devices. Remember to log out when you are done.
DO NOT MEET UP THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE MET ONLINE
SPEAK OUT IMMEDIATELY
If someone makes you uncomfortable and abusive behaviours on social media, don't be afraid instead tell your parents or someone you trust.
INTERNET FOR GOOD PURPOSE
The internet is good because it provides access to information, allows for communication between people all across the world and allows for the information provided to be updated quickly. So, use internet only for good purpose and learn unlimited knowledge.
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Share these tips with at least 5 peple you know. Spread awareness!