By Fungai Jachi
A CALL has been made for guardians and caregivers to protect children from the dangers associated with online platforms such as cyberbullying.
The call comes as more children have unlimited access to the internet while there has also been overexposure as a result of the lockdown meant to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Young people who spoke to ZBC news say there is need for more education on staying safe online.
“The internet is good only when it is used wisely. So monitoring should be something done to ensure that we are safe from any cyberattacks,” said one child.
“Parents and guardians should monitor and protect us from the dangers of the internet, as children we have to be disciplined when using the internet because if we are not we will end up exposing ourselves to online dangers,” said another.
Speaking at a conference on online safety organised by the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation and Childline in Mutare this Wednesday, Director Youth Development in the ministry, Mr Alexis Mwakipesile said the government is seized with the issue of online violations.
“Children have to be protected from online bullying and other violations that take place online. Therefore it takes a collaborative effort from the children, guardians and other partners to ensure that children are protected from the dangers posed by the internet,” said Mwakipesile.
Childline spokesperson, Buttler Nhepure said their emergency number for children has been inundated with such issues.
“Parents be much involved in the online lives of your children especially at a time like this when they are spending most of their time online. There are a number of dangers as well especially if we look at the statistics that we have. There has been an increase in the number of cases of cyberbullying, sexting and there has been a shift sometimes of online violations of children on to the physical side,” emphasised Nhepure
Government has since instituted a collective committee under the ministry of ICT to oversee issues surrounding child online protection whose members include the ZRP, NGOs and private sector.
Guardians urged to protect children from cyber bullying
By Fungai Jachi