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Porn access

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

GOVERNMENT is working towards placing restrictions on the types of websites that children can access on their mobile phones.

Deputy secretary at the Prime Minister's Office Naipote Katonitabua divulged this amid discussions about children's unrestricted mobile access to pornographic websites.

He said the control measures would come through the Ministry of Information and relevant government departments.

"It could come in the form of sale of phones with restricted internet protocol addresses that could be issued to children. This has not been finalised but I can confirm that discussions are taking place on this issue because of the concerns that children have easy viewing of these types of adult sites."

He also said in the meantime, parents and guardians should take some responsibility and monitor children's phone usage.

Mr Katonitabua was responding to concerns raised by participants at the National Child Labour Forum, currently in progress at Cuvu, Sigatoka.

Vodafone chief executive officer Aslam Khan said customers were given complete freedom of choice when it came to browsing the internet for legal reasons and confidentiality.

The company was aware and understood its corporate social responsibilities as a service provider.

"There is a degree of responsibility on the part of the parents to be aware of what their kids are up to. One cannot just shy away from these responsibilities blaming the service providers," he said.

He also suggested that parents purchase internet monitoring tools to restrict sites children can and cannot access.

Discussions at the three-day forum were centred around the International Labour Organisation's TACKLE project that aims to reduce poverty in the least developed countries by providing access to basic education and skills development to the most disadvantaged in society.