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Dominican Telecom aims to shield children from Web threats

Santo Doming-.- The Dominican Telecom Institute (Indotel) and Justice Ministry work to implement a National Cybersecurity Strategy, with a special section aimed at children and adolescents, to ensure their protection when they use the Web and make them become “true digital citizens.”

Indotel project analyst Armando Manzueta said information and communication technology projects have become an extension of the lives of thousands of users, to the point that “the Internet has changed the way we work, have fun and interact with family and friends.”

He said Indotel works on the strategy in coordination with the Justice Ministry’s Specialized Prosecutor for High Tech Crimes (Pedatec).

The expert said there are around five million Dominicans with internet access aged 10 and older and, of that number, some 500,000 are children and adolescents who’re exposed daily to various risks with little adult supervision.

Among the threats Manzueta cited cyberbullying, Web addiction disorder, sexting, threats to privacy, sexual harassment and child pornography.

“We cannot pretend that giving a cell or tablet will reassure a child as if it were a drug,” said Manzueta, adding that children and adolescents need face to face contact with people their age and address their parents in that aspect of their lives.

He warned that many of these electronic devices allow satellite tracking of the user’s position, and use data to define behaviors and predict user actions.

Manzueta added that UNICEF estimates that there are around four million websites with images of child sexual abuse and, according to the UN, there are around 750,000 pedophiles on the internet at any time, stalking children and adolescents.

Source: DT

May 10, 2016

Category: DR News |

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