Children at risk from online predators during coronavirus lockdown, UNICEF warns
PESHAWAR: Millions of children are at increased risk of harm as they spend more time online during the lockdown related to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report issued by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
“The coronavirus pandemic has led to an unprecedented rise in screen time,” said Dr Howard Taylor, Executive Director of the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, a public-private collaboration between UN agencies, governments, industry, regional bodies, civil society and others.
“School closures and strict containment measures mean more and more families are relying on technology and digital solutions to keep children learning, entertained and connected to the outside world, but not all children have the necessary knowledge, skills and resources to keep themselves safe online”, he said.
More than 1.5 billion children and young people have been affected by school closures worldwide. Many are online now taking classes and socializing. - APP