Microsoft Vietnam will sponsor VND5.4 billion (US$233,676) to aid Vietnam’s efforts in protecting children online as part of a freshly signed agreement.
The cooperation deal on child protection in cyberspace was signed in Hanoi on July 12 by Microsoft Vietnam, the Department of Child Affairs under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, and the ChildFund Vietnam.
The pact stipulates that Microsoft Vietnam’s financial and technical assistance will be offered to the other two parties over the next 25 months.
The project aims to help boost communication campaigns that raise public awareness about the cyber-safety of children, in particular some relevant protection skills.
It will also build web-based data that enable users to report child abuse cases, and an application that provides technical solutions for child safety in cyberspace. The two programmes, operating on both web and mobile platforms, will first be carried out within the frameworks of two child protection projects run by the ChildFund in Hoa Binh, Cao Bang, and Bac Kan provinces.
The signing ceremony took place at a conference on building a protection network for children online, during which representatives shared their experiences and voiced commitments to the programme.