In late April of 2018 UNICEF launched the program #iamsafeonline, in collaboration with the Government of Albania to elevate the overall efforts for prevention and protection of child sexual abuse and exploitation (CSEA) online in Albania. The recent inclusion of the protection of children online in the Albanian legislation, unfamiliarity of educational and other public institutions with this domain (harmful and illegal content online), has surfaced the need for a careful review of the current situation and address challenges that institutions, teachers, caregivers, parents and children themselves face.
On July 4th a multi stakeholder meeting on ‘Child Protection Online in Albania” was held to discuss the measures for the protection of children from access to materials of harmful or illegal content on the internet. The national authorities and key stakeholders were gathered at the National Authority for Electronic Certification and Cyber Security premises, proposed concrete recommendations on the protection of children from accessing materials of harmful and/or illegal content on the internet to ensure the effective protection of children online. The results of the discussions will inform the drafting of the by-law requested by Article 27 of the Law on the Rights and Protection of the Child, that is being led by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, and that UNICEF together with its partner TLAS are supporting.
To protect children online UNICEF is calling for Ministry of Health and Social Protection; State Agency for the Rights and Protection of the Child; Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports; Education Development Institute; Private Sector (Internet Service Providers), parents and other caregivers, school’s teachers to better protect children from online sexual abuse and exploitation while giving all children opportunities to take advantage of the benefits offered by ICTs.