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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Decree set to protect children from online dangers

Updated: 16:27’ - 18/05/2017
Before publishing private information of a child on the internet, network service providers and individuals must be permitted by his/her parent or guardian and the child if he/she is full 7 years old.

The Government issued in May Decree No. 56/ND-CP to better protect children from online dangers__Photo:

This is provided in Government Decree No. 56 dated May 9, 2017, detailing a number of articles of the Law on Children.

Accordingly, children above the age of seven and their parents or guardians may ask providers to delete all related images and personal information of those children on the internet to ensure their safety and interests.

Network service providers are also responsible for adopting supportive measures and tools to protect children’s personal information on the internet and, at the same time, publishing a list of online products and services safe for children and removing all unsuitable images and content for children.

Decree No. 56 also clarifies the responsibilities of other individuals and organizations for raising public awareness about online dangers and responsibilities of families, schools, enterprises, communities and state management agencies in protecting children.

Specifically, state management agencies of information and communications, education and training, vocational training and children, and organizations operating for children and online organizations must raise the awareness of parents, caregivers, teachers, children and relevant organizations about negative impacts of the internet on children, and build their capacity for preventing online child abuse.

Parents, teachers and child caregivers are responsible for educating and providing safety skills for children when accessing the internet while children are obliged to learn and practice self-protection on the internet.

The Decree also directs agencies, organizations, and individuals operating online to work with competent state agencies in ensuring information security for children on the internet and protecting children from harmful information.

In addition, online gaming providers are required to establish tools for controlling time and protecting children from gaming addiction and abuse.- (VLLF)

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