The supervision programme in 2020 of the National Assembly (NA) and the NA Standing Committee has been set to focus on two topics including the implementation of policies and laws on the prevention and fight against child abuse, and the implementation of free trade agreements of which Vietnam is a member. Of which, the first topic has received much attention from NA deputies and the public in general.
The supervision delegation of the NA has carried out a number of activities to examine the implementation of policies and laws on the prevention and fight against child abuse.
Facts have shown that children now face increasing risks of online child abuse on the internet. In addition, the existence of the dark webs has not only caused harm to children’s behaviours by propagandising violence and bad habits but also challenged law enforcement capacity.
There have been cases when predators will use accounts with fake names and avatars to approach and chat with the children on online forums in order to convince them to participate in activities that violate the law or turn them into victims of crime.
Despite positive aspects, the internet has made many children choose to live a virtual life, presenting difficulties for parents in protecting and education their kids about negative impacts of the internet on children.
For these reasons, functional agencies need to work out solutions and policies to protect children on the internet. Supportive IT products and tools that can give warnings for parents and caregivers about their children’s use of the Internet are needed to safeguard children from negative impacts of social networks.
Families and schools must also play a role in educating and providing safety skills for children when accessing the internet. By equipping themselves with the right knowledge and understanding, children can keep them away from the harmful information and the risks of preventing online child abuse.
Families and schools must develop in close coordination when providing a comprehensive education regarding child abuse and violence against children, thus protecting children from these dangers.
Parents need to spend time with their kids to listen to their sharing while keeping a close watch on their entertainment activities after schooltime so that they can catch any abnormal changes in children’s behaviours and work with teachers to fix the problem as soon as possible.
Supervisory work receives special attention from the NA and NA Standing Committee. Good supervision activities can not only help to win people’s trust in NA’s operation but also contribute to settling many pressing issues in daily life, including the protection of children on the internet.