Research by Plan International and Human Rights Advocacy Centre, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) has revealed that more than thirty percent of children in schools in Ghana, are exposed to pornography.
The report also revealed that e-gender based violence is committed mostly against girls in schools.
These findings were made known by Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, who has indicated her ministry’s commitment to end the disturbing trend.
According to Oye Lithur, cyber safety for girls in schools will be one of the key focus of her ministry towards addressing the problem.
She said collaborating and communicating with the Ministry of Communication and the Committee on Girls in ICT to engage with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to install software that will filter such pornographic materials in schools, will change the trend.
This self-regulation by ISP’s, according to the Minister, will go a long way to reduce the exposure of girls especially, to pornography.
The National Communications Authority (NCA)’s 11 member National Committee on Girls in ICT is tasked with designing and implementing a Programme that will ensure awareness-raising and policy intervention towards mainstreaming girls in ICT.