KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has reminded parents to play a more proactive role in monitoring their children’s activities on social media to prevent them from falling prey to sexual exploitation.
She said the issue of exploitation of children for sexual crimes was very worrying, especially in the current borderless digital world that provides easy access to gadgets and the Internet.
“We need to instill awareness on the prevalence of child grooming for sexual crimes in social media and we want children to be equipped with information and guidelines so that they will not become victims," she said.
She also highlighted the atrocious nature of the Dark Web that allowed child pornography to be downloaded by Internet users in Malaysia.
Dr Wan Azizah said this at the #KidsTakeOverParliament: Kita Peduli programme at the Banquet Hall of Parliament building today.
It was also attended by Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching and UNICEF permanent representative in Malaysia Marianne Clark-Hattingh.
The programme, organised by the Education Ministry, UNICEF Malaysia and Project ID, addressed the issue of bullying in schools in the country and was participated by 40 students nationwide.
On bullying, Dr Wan Azizah said the problem could be tackled through the education system with support from family and the community.
“We all have our role and responsibility, we need to inculcate a positive environment so that this trend of violence can be curbed,” said Dr Wan Azizah who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister.
Teo, in her speech, said the Education Ministry had cooperated with various agencies to provide psychological support for victims of bullying to ensure their well-being.
At the programme, the children believed to be victims of bullying, presented their views on the issue and proposed anti-bullying measures that can be implemented in schools. – Bernama