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Tiwaa Addo-Danquah Urges Prioritization of Online Safety to Protect Children

EOCO Boss has called on parents to be protective and vigilant of their children over their internet usage.

COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, Executive Director of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), has urged parents to set Internet control to prevent their children from being lured away from home.

Tiwaa Addo-Danquah acknowledged that while the Internet offers much positive information, it also has negatives. She emphasized the importance of building children’s confidence and encouraging them to talk about any issues, regardless of their severity.

The EOCO boss made this statement at the International Missing Children’s Day commemoration and fundraising event organized by Missing Children Ghana, themed “Together for Tomorrow; Working Towards a Safe Future for Every Child.”

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Tiwaa Addo-Danquah also urged parents and family members to teach their children their house locations, house numbers, and telephone numbers.

“If we can provide our children with this basic information, it will help the law enforcement agencies to properly track missing children,” she said.

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COP Tiwaa Addo-Danquah stated that EOCO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ghana Internet Safety to train children in schools on online security.

“This initiative will help them identify suspected online fraudsters and individuals with malicious intentions. It’s part of the agenda to prevent people from going missing and will help children avoid certain sites and conversations,” she said.

Founder of Missing Children Ghana Regina Asamoah, stated that International Missing Children’s Day, commemorated every May, aims to raise awareness of missing children, maintain hope, and reassure traumatized families that efforts are being made to bring their children home.

“The issue of missing children is real; one missing child is one too many. Since we started work in May 2021, we have received over 700 reports from police extracts and have been able to reunite over 300 children with their families from 2021 to 2024,” she said.

She added that a lot of children don’t know the basic details about their families and about themselves and urged Ghanaians to play a role in protecting children.

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