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#WebSafeAndWise Campaign launched in Karnataka to combat online sexual exploitation and abuse of children

#WebSafeAndWise Campaign

The Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) and ChildFund India has launched the #WebSafeAndWise campaign to combat online sexual exploitation and abuse of children in Karnataka. The collaborative endeavor was officially launched at Vikasa Soudha in Bengaluru. Shri. Madhu Bangarappa, Hon’ble Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Government of Karnataka, and Smt. Laxmi R. Hebbalkar, Hon’ble Minister of Women and Child Development, Disabled and Senior-Citizens Empowerment, Shri. K. Naganna Gowda, Hon’ble Chairperson, KSCPCR, Government of Karnataka, and other top state officials attended the event. 

The #WebSafeAndWise campaign strives to make the internet a safer place for children and safeguard them from the growing dangers posed by the increased use of digital technology and internet connectivity. There has been a considerable increase in internet crimes against minors, necessitating immediate action for the welfare and protection of the next generation. Over the following three months, the campaign will begin with a complete study to assess the situation and build an effective program, as well as raising awareness among children, parents, and school teachers. 

Speaking on the collaboration, Shri. Madhu Bangarappa, Hon’ble Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Government of Karnataka, stated, “The Karnataka government extends its full support to the OSEAC prevention campaign and study.” There are approximately 1.20 crore students in the state learning from first to twelfth grades, with over 2 crore parents. Child sexual exploitation and abuse on the internet is a serious crime against our children that requires immediate attention and tough actions. This project will ensure the safety of youngsters, which is of the utmost importance. The efforts of KSCPCR, the Ministry of Women and Child Development, and ChildFund India for this convergence initiative are to be commended, and I promise to pursue it at the school and policy levels.” 

#WebSafeAndWise Campaign

“We firmly believe that by joining forces, the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights and ChildFund India have taken a giant step towards securing the innocence and well-being of our children in the digital age,” stated Shri. Rajesh Ranjan Singh, Board Member of ChildFund India. We are committed to building complete services that not only prevent child exploitation and abuse online, but also offer a safer virtual landscape for their exploration and growth. We will protect their innocence, empower their potential, and pave the road for a brighter, safer future for every child in Karnataka if we work together.” 

Following the launch, a round table discussion with key government stakeholders took place. The conversation centered on comprehending the problems faced by OSEAC and addressing the critical responsibilities stakeholders can play in successfully and expeditiously combating the issue. Stakeholders focused on integrating OSEAC into police department training programs, providing clear preventative rules across departments, and sensitizing workers in residential schools and hostels. 

The collaborative project #WebSafeAndWise establishes a good precedent in Karnataka’s fight against online sexual exploitation and abuse of children. The collaboration aspires to provide a safer and more secure future for the state’s children through collaborative efforts and ongoing assistance from all stakeholders.