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CyberPeace & UNICEF Workshop Focuses on Child Rights & Online Gaming Opportunities

Advocating for child safety: Uniting experts, educators and policymakers to shape responsible gaming practices

CyberPeace & UNICEF Workshop Focuses on Child Rights & Online Gaming Opportunities

Mumbai, Nov 22: CyberPeace, a prominent advocate for online safety and security, organized a one-day workshop in collaboration with UNICEF at The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata, centered on Child Rights and Online Gaming.

The workshop aimed to foster a comprehensive dialogue among experts, industry professionals, policymakers, educators, and parents concerning the challenges related to child rights and online gaming. The objective was to identify best practices, legal frameworks, and ethical guidelines crucial for safeguarding children within the online gaming sphere.

ILN Rao from CyberPeace expressed excitement about the workshop's significance in enhancing understanding of online gaming trends' impact on children. "Teaming up with UNICEF, this workshop represents a significant step in equipping parents, educators, and industry professionals with insights into legal frameworks and ethical guidelines ensuring child safety in gaming."

Shubhrajyoti Bhowmik, representing UNICEF, stressed the significance of cybersecurity and cyber hygiene in eGaming. "Developing practical strategies for online child safety is crucial. Collaboratively, we aim to identify actionable initiatives and advocate for safer online gaming environments for children, reflecting our joint commitment to their well-being."

Hari Kishore Kusumakar IPS, ADG & IGP Cyber Crime, West Bengal Police, highlighted the growing number of cybercrimes reported and emphasized the need for an organized response, especially in cases involving children. Addressing concerns about cybercrimes like CSAM, he mentioned the role of organizations like the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in flagging content and issuing reports based on cases received.

Meanwhile, Sanjay Kumar Das, Addl. Secretary, IT, West Bengal, and MD WEBEL, stressed the importance of ensuring child rights in online gaming. He underscored the need for education that is relatable to children and advocated for granting children decision-making opportunities. "Children should have the right to choose and speak up," Das remarked.

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