Communications Minister cautions against negative use of Internet on Safer Internet Day.

Communications Minister cautions against negative use of Internet on Safer Internet Day.

Communications Minister cautions against negative use of Internet on Safer Internet Day.

Communications Minister cautions against negative use of Internet on Safer Internet Day.

Communications Minister cautions against negative use of Internet on Safer Internet Day.

Communications Minister cautions against negative use of Internet on Safer Internet Day.

Communications Minister cautions against negative use of Internet on Safer Internet Day.

Communications Minister cautions against negative use of Internet on Safer Internet Day.

Communications Minister cautions against negative use of Internet on Safer Internet Day.

The Minister for Communications, Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has cautioned internet users, particularly children against the negative use of the internet.

According to her, the internet comes with a lot of opportunities; learning, sharing of knowledge and conducting of research among others.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Deputy Minister for Communications, Hon. Vincent Odotei Sowah during the ‘Safer Internet Day 2019’ celebration on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the Labone Senior High School, she said it is therefore a responsibility bestowed on citizens particularly young people to make the right choice when using the internet.

In outlining some government ICT initiatives, she urged the youth to take advantage of the ‘Youth in ICT’ program by the National Youth Authority and the ‘NABCO’ program, indicating that, government was committed to empowering the youth through the use of ICT as part of the Digital Ghana Agenda and that the Ministry of Communications is doing everything in its power to facilitate it.

She stated: “Although ICT has the power to be harnessed for good purposes, some malicious people have decided to dedicate their time and resources to use this powerful tool for selfish means. They harness this technology to among other things; sextort young children, perform fraudulent activities online, compromise systems etc.”

“Quite worrying is the open nature of the internet that gives equal access to everyone and allows anonymity and uncensored content so users including children, young persons, adults, corporate organisations, international organisations, governments, NGOs, social groups, and activists can create and publish on the Internet without approval,” Hon. Owusu-Ekuful added.

She then advised users to be discerning since not everyone online has got good intentions.

She then went on to confirm Ghana’s preparation and commitment towards the fight against cybercrime.

“As part of building confidence and security in the use of ICTs, government has acceded to two major Conventions on cybersecurity; the Budapest Convention and the Malabo Convention. These conventions are to ensure collaboration with other countries in tackling cybercrime which has no geographic limitations,” she noted.

“We have also established a National Cyber Security Centre where suspected incidents can be reported and adequately dealt with,” the minister added.

She then urged citizens and all stakeholders to put in efforts to combat cyber threats and attacks through awareness creation and help reduce the menace of child online abuse.