KUALA LUMPUR – Parents, guardians, society and the relevant authorities need to act together to counter child abuse and protect them from the dangers that may come through the Internet.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said many used the Internet for education or to improve their businesses but others had also abused this communications platform.
“A Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) survey states that 15.5 per cent of Internet users are aged 19 years and below and own a mobile phone from as early as 12 years old.
“Unprotected and unguided, their youth makes them vulnerable to negative activities,” he told Bernama when asked on the exploitation and abuse of children on the Internet, today.
He said, cyber criminals had been known to use chat applications and social media platforms such as Whatsapp, Wechat and Bigo Live to establish contact with these young users and to gain their trust with a view to grooming or luring them into dangerous situations. – BERNAMA