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Child online protection action plan

Securing the Future

January 2021, Number 10.04

“Children and young people are among the most fervent users of mobile technologies. While this can have a positive impact on their educa­tion and lives, mobile technologies can also be harmful. Protecting children in cyberspace is as essential as it is in the physical world. Parents, governments and businesses have important roles to play in protecting and supporting connected children and helping them avoid deviant behavior and its detrimental consequences. To address this problem, it was crucial for Senegal to develop a national-level child online protection (COP) workforce and to conduct an action plan.

The penetration rate of internet services in Senegal is estimated at 68%. With 10.4 million internet subscribers, 41% of whom are under 15 years old, the government has made COP a priority, counting on the convergence and synergy of initiatives and the strengths of institutions, as well as on families and civic associations.

In this context, the government of Senegal has approved the Senegalese National Cybersecurity Strategy in accordance with the implementation of the Digital Senegal 2025 Strategy…”

Excerpt from Racky Seye, “Securing the Future,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 10, No. 4, 2021: 62-63.

Racky Seye is an engineer in electronics and telecommunications who heads the Office of Information Systems Security and Digital Trust in the Information and Communications Technology Directorate of the Ministry of Digital Economy and Telecommunications of Senegal. She is a member of the Study Group 17 (Security) of the Bureau of Standardization of the International Telecommunication Union. She also participates in the work of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.