Govt urges stakeholders to ensure child protection from pornography

Govt urges stakeholders to ensure child protection from pornography

A screenshot of talkshow titled 'Trend, Threats, and Handling Strategy' in Jakarta on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. (ANTARA PHOTOS/ Anita Permata Dewi/my)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Bintang Puspayoga pressed for commitment and cooperation of all stakeholders to ensure child protection from pornography.

"We expect the commitment and cooperation of all parties to give their respective best contributions to protecting Indonesia from exposure to pornography," the minister stated during a virtual talk show as seen in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Puspayoga opined that crimes against children had currently adapted to using a platform that is currently widely accessible to children, such as the internet.

According to the minister, pornography has had a dire impact on children, including addiction to pornography and sexual violence against children.

According to data of the Indonesian Internet Service Providers Association (APJII), during the period from 2011 to 2019, the third-highest child case complaints were related to pornography and cybercrime, totaling 3,922 cases.

The Indonesian Child Protection Commission survey in 2020 noted that 22 percent of Indonesian children still saw inappropriate content and shows.

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The government has striven to provide protection to children, including by regulating child pornography as a criminal act through Law Number 44 of 2008 on Pornography.

Puspayoga noted that since 2018, the ministry had initiated the establishment of villages free from child pornography.

"Villages free from child pornography is one of the key programs in preventing child pornography at the (smallest) level," she elaborated.

This program is expected to protect children from pornographic content, raise community and stakeholders' awareness of the importance of protecting children, and improve the community's quality of life, especially of children and families.

Moreover, the Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry provides SAPA 129 and UPTD PPA services spread across Indonesia to address complaints, reach, and assist in terms of protecting women and children.

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