THE Suva City Council has called for public suggestions as to what provisions the new code of conduct for internet shops should contain.
Council special administrator Chandu Umaria said the code of conduct would be designed to address the problems highlighted by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.
These issues include parents leaving their children at internet shops while they go to nightclubs or the cinema, allegations of drug peddling in some venues and underage people being allowed access to pornography.
Mr Umaria said the council shared Commodore Bainimarama's belief that a minority of the internet shop owners were behaving irresponsibly and unnecessarily bringing such venues into disrepute.
"We also share his view that the behaviour of this minority should not stand in the way of ordinary Fijians, and especially young people, accessing the internet.
"The council regards the protection of our young people as being of paramount importance and will naturally co-operate with the police in investigating any illegal activity in these establishments," he said.
And as a matter of urgency, the council has asked all internet shops in Suva to install software on their computers to block access to pornography.
Mr Umaria said as per section 3 of shop Regulation of Hours and Employment Exemption Order 2009, any shop, trade or business within the special zones may open for 24 hours.