UNICEF India and NASSCOM Foundation partner for
online safety of children
Tech-based innovations for child rights in India
NEW DELHI, 8 October 2018: UNICEF India and NASSCOM Foundation today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly strengthen the engagement of Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) of companies in India which focuses on strengthening child rights through meaningful business interventions.
With this MoU, the two organizations will work collaboratively on two key areas which includes national sensitization on ‘Child Online Protection’ and encouraging innovations for Child Rights in the country.
Digital technologies offer signiﬁcant developmental and educational gains for children. They offer new spaces for learning, play, socialization, and entertainment. However, the lack of digital literacy and online safety measures exposes children to the risks of online crimes, abuse and exploitation. Cyber offences against children are spreading and diversifying across India as new methods are used to harass, abuse and exploit children. Together, UNICEF and NASSCOM Foundation hope to help parents, teachers and children by letting them know of these risks and guiding them to a safer, more secure Internet learning experience.
As partners, both the organizations will co-create sensitization workshops across India. The NASSCOM Foundation volunteers armed with key knowledge sources from UNICEF will also be involved in amplifying the sensitization through online and offline interventions such Tweet chats, webinars, meetups, roadshows.
“The evolution of technology, led by internet, has had a significant impact on the way we think and function in our day to day lives. It is, therefore, upto us how we best leverage technologies and create win-win partnerships to multiply its benefits for our future generations. Alongside these new approaches and innovations, it is critical to create an awareness about the right usage of technology and the tools and mechanisms available for protection from any of its adverse effects. Our long standing association with NASSCOM Foundation has helped initiate some of these pertinent dialogues which we aim to further grow and institutionalize through this partnership,” said Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF India Country Representative
Technology for development is integral to shape the global efforts in achieving the United Nation’s Agenda 2030 and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. NASSCOM Foundation, with a goal of using technology for social good has been encouraging social innovations across various sectors like education, healthcare, assistive technologies through its initiative: NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum. This year, the Foundation plans to include a new category on Innovations for Child Rights in partnership with UNICEF. This will help bring to the fore, new technology-based solutions to social issues like malnutrition, empowering adolescent girls with skills, etc.
“NASSCOM Foundation and UNICEF India have been working together towards realizing the goal of a safer internet for the children across India since the last few years. This partnership will further this cause and provide a much-needed focus to an India who is experiencing digital empowerment at a fast pace with great emphasis on its benefit but limited attention to its risks, especially to the children,” said Shrikant Sinha, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation.
“We are also happy to find like-mindedness with Unicef who also believe in channeling technology for social good and will be joining us in encouraging newertech-based innovations to solve problems around child rights like malnutrition, education, skills, health etc.”
UNICEF India and NASSCOM Foundation encourage all stakeholders including the IT-BPM industry, schools, colleges, central and state Governments to come together for the technology to act as an enabler to the cause of child rights and at the same time be used with caution by children and parents as one of the best learning tools available today.