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Mere Naleba
Monday, December 10, 2012

THE Fiji Media Watch is urging parents to make use of activities that will be organised by some organisations to keep their children busy this festive season and during the holidays.

"These can be viable options for parents to choose from, for their children. Parents need to ensure that their children get to interact with members of their age group and at the same time are exposed to skills for life in ensuring them to develop their mental and physical capabilities," FMW director Agatha Ferei said.

Ms Ferei said while a range of women's groups, faith-based organisations and other non-governmental organisations would arrange activities that might include art and craft, dance lessons, swimming and many other sporting events, it was important that parents supervise the activities that their children take part in.

"At home, parents and guardians can work with their children to set up ground rules for media use, to note the classifications and ratings of TV and DVD programs, the use of internet and mobile phones," she said.

She said similarly internet operators needed to be reminded that during the school break, it was school children who were their frequent customers.

Ms Ferei pleaded with police to take stringent measures and to conduct random checks at cyber cafes to ensure that owners do not encourage the use of prohibited materials for children.

"Similarly nightclub owners need to advice their bouncers to check identification cards for people entering pubs," she said.