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‘Internet is an important tool for good in children’s lives, but there is need to spot and understand the dangers’. In the light of the statement, examine the efficacy of the steps taken by India to curb online child sex abuse.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

3. ‘Internet is an important tool for good in children’s lives, but there is need to spot and understand the dangers’. In the light of the statement, examine the efficacy of the steps taken by India to curb online child sex abuse. (250 words)

Level: Moderate

Reference: The New Indian Express

Why the question:

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) dubbed 2021 as the worst year on record for child sexual abuse online as lockdowns saw younger and younger children being targeted “on an industrial scale” by internet groomers.

Key Demand of the question:

To give the status of online child sex abuse and steps taken to curb it.

Directive word: 

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving the context of the Question as given by the report of Internet Watch Foundation.

Body:

Firstly, mention how children are lured on the internet and reasons for its increase in recent times.

Next, mention the government steps to curb it. Analyze if they have been successful and what more needs to be done.

Also, write about the need to expand the scope of the POCSO act to end online child abuse.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward.