THE Fiji Media Watch has expressed concern over the recent lift of the internet shop hours ban, arguing that this gives children access to various media usage in town outlets.
In a statement issued by the organisation on Sunday, it specified that parents, guardians and elders needed to take leading roles in ensuring children used the internet in a safe and proper way.
"Given the many problems associated with the internet slowly penetrating into the family and community, it is critical that parents/guardians and internet shop owners monitor the sites children visit while in their custody," the organisation's director Agatha Furivai said in the statement.
"FMW is pleading that parents monitor the whereabouts of their children, in particular when visiting internet cafÃ©s and friends.
"Parents are advised to be firm and stringent when allowing their children to visit internet cafes," Mrs Furivai said.