The penetration of online activity into the daily life of young people has increased their exposure to all forms of violence, child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA), as detailed in the 2016 Child Online Protection Capacity Assessment undertaken by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and UNICEF. At any one time, 750,000 individuals are estimated to be looking to connect with children for sexual purposes online and more than one-third of young people report being a victim of online bullying (EVAC: “Key messages and stats” -2019).
In July 2017, ChildFund launched a new project on “Helping young people to make the most of the online world” called ChildFund Swipe Safe. The first phase was implemented in 37 schools in 6 districts of 3 provinces: Hoa Binh, Bac Kan and Cao Bang city, reaching nearly 12,000 young people (aged 11-18) and 2,700 parents and 700 teachers. The underlying theory of change in this phase is that through the education, training and empowerment of young people, parents and teachers, alongside existing child protection structures, young people will be protected from online risks.
Following up the results of Swipe Safe phase one, the next phase will work towards the goal that girls and boys in Vietnam are protected from online violence through a strengthened child protection system, starting from April 2021 to June 2024. Besides continuing to provide online safety education systematically through Education and Youth Union system, ChildFund will seek to build capacities for frontline workers on child online protection (COP) so that boys and girls are able to receive child-focus and gender-sensitive support services.
In consultation with young people during implementation and end-line evaluation, we realized that while boys and girls are facing unique vulnerabilities in the online world, there is a lack of in-depth knowledge into these differences in Vietnam and other parts of the region. Although what we know is still limited, here are some initial gender analysis on child online:
These initial findings helped us understand that we need to deliver an approach where online experiences and needs of boys and girls should be considered separately. In order to do that, ChildFund Swipe Safe phase two will conduct a focused gender assessment on child safety issues on online environment to look into these problems through a gender lens.
Building upon the knowledge and result of ChildFund Swipe Safe phase one, an in-depth gender assessment will be undertaken to:
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