Government To Monitor Internet
- Facebook used in child abuse
By Indika Sri Aravinda
The government is to strictly monitor the internet from next year to crackdown on child abuse, Women and Children’s Affairs Minister Tissa Karaliada said.
Speaking to The Sunday Leader the Minister said that new laws will be introduced next year which will seek to control internet including the use of Facebook.
Karaliada said that his ministry will work closely with the Ministry of Justice to tackle child abuse on the internet.
He noted that there has been a drastic increase in child abuse in recent times and the internet and the media were partly responsible for this.
At the beginning of last month the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) had claimed that there had been over 7,000 reports of child abuse this year alone. The NCPA said many of the complaints included children being sexually abused or molested by their parents, guardians or people known to the victims.
Karaliada said that some television networks in Sri Lanka were showing programmes which were harmful to children and measures will be taken to stop those programs next year.
He also warned that Facebook was being used extensively by certain elements to lure children who are subsequently abused. The Minister said that parents in Sri Lanka should be mindful of this and should control their children on using the internet.
He also said that while child abuse did take place during the war it was not highlighted. However he went on to state that there has been an increase in such cases.