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What is online child protection?

Published On: October 3, 2023 05:30 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Oct 3: Internet service providers (ISPs) should aim to limit access to such content while minimizing the availability of illegal and harmful content for the safety of children on online platforms. It is mentioned in the guidelines issued by the Nepal Telecommunication Authority that it is the responsibility of the ISPs to provide the necessary information and technology to children and parents to protect them from the potential risks of the Internet.

According to the guidelines issued under the Telecommunications Act 2053, it is the duty of ISPs to formulate and implement a procedure for handling complaints related to child abuse content. Websites and apps used by your children must provide the necessary information and technology to protect children from possible risks because they provide that service.

According to the Online Child Protection Directive, every online platform and ISP must implement the terms and conditions of their service, privacy policy, and safe usage methods in a clear, accessible manner, including children, parents and caregivers.

Accordingly, by taking information about the privacy policies and terms of use of the websites and apps that your children use regularly, you should pay attention to whether such websites and apps are monitoring the children's internet usage or not.

In addition, there is a provision that the access to such materials can be managed by taking into account the age rating of the materials available on the Internet, and if any material is child abuse, such materials can be removed immediately.

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