According to Vietnam Ministry of Public Security, over a thousand children in Vietnam 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 Vietnam, World Vision Vietnam 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.

 

Budget

USD 681,000 

Donor

Timeline

March 2018 - March 2021

Location

Sơn Trà, Hải Châu, Cẩm Lệ districts (Đà Nẵng city)

Direct beneficiaries

15,000 children and 7,000 adults

 

Highlighted achievements

15,645
Students of 12 schools in Đà Nẵng city are equipped with skills to protect themselves from online sexual exploitation and abuse.
6,957
Parents and community members are educated about risks of online child sexual exploitation and abuse.
 
 
Using the results and learnings from the project, World Vision has also reached out to the Central Government - particularly the Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs - to incorporate provisions on online sexual exploitation in the reporting mechanisms.
 
Partners
  • Departments of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs

  • Department of Information and Communication

  • People's Committees of Sơn Trà, Hải Châu, Cẩm Lệ districts

A group discussion on self-protection on the internet

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