Parents told to uphold Parental Responsibility

Parents at the PNC meeting at Caritas Technical Secondary School listening attentively to the Censorship Awareness Team

Parents at the PNC meeting at Caritas Technical Secondary School listening attentively to the Censorship Awareness Team

The Awareness Team from the Office of Censorship informed parents during its Parents and Citizen’s (PNC) meeting on the 7th of August, 2016 to uphold Parental Responsibility in their homes by monitoring and supervising their Children when they are online.

The team made this remark to remind parents that Internet is a wonderful vehicle for learning; unfortunately, it is also a powerful tool for predators to prey upon innocent children.

The Censorship Awareness Program focusses on issues such as child online Protection, indecent behaviours and access to illicit materials that are detrimental to the health, education and wellbeing of the population including the young and vulnerable.

It was told that in this age of widespread computer literacy, more and more children have found themselves on the Internet, and parents are faced with the reality that their children are just a few points and clicks away from all of the undesirable materials that Internet has to offer.

Parents should be more vigilant in keeping their children shielded from content that they feel are offensive or inappropriate.

However, in order to help minimise risks online, parents were reminded that they are the strongest influence that children have, so parents must provide guidance and clear rules about the usage of mobile phone, computer and Internet, spend time with children online and utilise the Internet service provider’s parental controls and commercial blocking and filtering software tools to protect children online.

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