According to Việt Nam's Ministry of Public Security, over a thousand children in Việt Nam became sexual abuse victims every year between 2011 and 2015. While the issue of the physical abuse of children remains prevalent, the online sexual exploitation of children presents a new challenge to both the government and communities in Vietnam. Like other developing countries, the technological revolutions has urban children in Vietnam at an increased risk of sexual abuse compared to their peers in rural settings.
In Việt Nam, World Vision Việt Nam is bringing online violence prevention to schools, communities, social services, and the information, communications and technology sector. In schools, we are using support from the End Violence Fund to teach children how to protect themselves from online violence via the children’s groups, and design and implement child-led initiatives in target schools. In addition, we are also training parents and teachers on how to protect children from online violence. These initiatives have reached thousands of children, parents and teachers since the project’s inception, using child-friendly activities such as plays, songs, quizzes and competitions to increase awareness of Internet safety.
With support from the Fund, we are training operators and counsellors of the Đà Nẵng Center for Social Work, strengthening the child helpline and increasing social workers’ ability to deal with cases of online sexual exploitation and abuse. By holding seminars and workshops, we are increasing awareness of such issues and urging information, communications and technology professionals to respond within their sectors. This includes working directly with Vietnam’s Department of Information and Communication and helping the government develop and implement recognized Internet safety standards for online child protection.
March 2018 - March 2021
Sơn Trà, Hải Châu, Cẩm Lệ districts (Đà Nẵng city)
15,000 children and 7,000 adults
Departments of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs
Department of Information and Communication
People's Committees of Sơn Trà, Hải Châu, Cẩm Lệ districts