Video. Gabon: in the face of fake news and sextapes, NGOs educate young people on the proper use of the Internet

Video. Gabon: in the face of fake news and sextapes, NGOs educate young people on the proper use of the Internet
Video. Gabon: in the face of fake news and sextapes, NGOs educate young people on the proper use of the Internet

Gabon : While the internet and social networks are becoming essential, Gabonese civil society organizations are worried about the impact and challenges of these new technologies and modes of communication on young people, at a time when fake news and other sextapes multiply.

Civil society organizations have been organizing, since October 15, 2021, a training course for community relays to raise awareness among young people about data protection on the internet and social networks.

This meeting of several days takes place in a context where dishonorable videos, compromising photos and blackmail have become a real national sport on the web. Facts for which, students are sometimes and very often the target of adults

“Adults take children’s identities, come into contact with them on social networks, then abuse them in all directions,” says Thierry Boudziendou, social worker at the reception center for children in difficulty, Arc en ciel, of Libreville.

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The experts of this training, underway in Libreville, are unanimous on the fact that children and adolescents are exposed to various dangers and that it is difficult for parents to detect their suffering when they are affected. Preventing the risks of the internet is a first step in protecting children.

“Do not ban, but accompany” remains the best solution to help them, according to Landry Bekale Mintsa, one of the speakers.

Faced with the increasingly worrying drifts of social networks, civil society, organizing this training for community intermediaries, intends to offer the competent authorities a reflection to better regulate them and encourage their users to make more responsible use of them.

 
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