The internet is full of bad channels for children, parents need to speak up


Many videos on Youtube channel Timmy TV have scary, objectionable content, not suitable for children – Illustration: K. NGUYEN

But this also shows that our children are living in the midst of all kinds of malicious content.

Having been working on many projects on child protection, the Institute for Sustainable Development Management has found that the children’s channel with programs that are not suitable for children is now rife in the online environment.

These channels mainly follow the trend of bullshit, even objectionable, sentence views, like sentences regardless to make money. The fact that children curiously watch these clips without distinguishing right from wrong leads to deviant, deviant, and sometimes dangerous thinking.

In fact, there have been cases of children imitating YouTube channels doing foolish things that lead to heartbreaking consequences, such as a child in Ho Chi Minh City who died while learning the game of strangulation on YouTube in late 2020. many cases of self-torture or hiding in the closet, in the washing machine, learning online.

Rarely strong accusations

According to Ms. Nguyen Phuong Linh – director of the Research Institute for Sustainable Development Management, the Department of Children’s request for authorities to check, remove and delete the TIMMY TV channel is a timely and welcome action to support. Support for a healthy and safe online environment for children.

“I really hope this is a precedent action for the media to pay attention to and implement in the future, reducing spam and objectionable information that affects children’s development,” Linh said.

But it is clear that the channels that are “denounced” by parents and the press for the authorities to handle such as Tho Nguyen, TIMMY TV account for too small a proportion with the rampant reality of bullshit and toxic channels for children online. society.

Information from the Department of Children shows that each month, on average, this department receives 12,000 complaints through the national child protection switchboard 111, mainly denunciations about violence, child abuse, and sexual abuse. Counseling, psychological support for children, legal policies on children for the people, for staff working in child protection…

There are not many parents reporting harmful channels for children to the call center and mainly parents have called to reflect and express their views, but there have not been strong accusations with detailed evidence. The case where TIMMY TV has just been called by people to the Department of Children is quite rare.

In order to protect children on social networks more effectively, Ms. Linh said that asking to remove bad and toxic channels should not only be the responsibility of the authorities because they cannot do it.

It is Internet and social network users, including children, who need to be aware and distinguish channels that should not be viewed in order to be able to report these channels, request the removal of inappropriate materials and report back to them. the authorities.

Solutions from the Department of Information Security

Regarding the case of TIMMY TV channel, talking with Tuoi Tre, Mr. Hoang Minh Tien – deputy director of the Information Security Department (Ministry of Information and Communications) – said that the department had discussed with the Department of Information and Communications of Ho Chi Minh City to invite the invitation. The management company of this channel comes to work, synthesizes all the videos and clips that are not suitable for children of this channel to transfer to YouTube for processing.

Depending on the work results and cooperative attitude of this channel representative, the Department of Information Security and the Department of Information and Communications of Ho Chi Minh City will have different levels of handling, may request to delete the channel if the channel owner does not. good cooperation.

Regarding solutions to protect children in cyberspace, Mr. Hoang Minh Tien said that on May 20, the Information Security Department will work with Google on YouTube channels, requesting support to review and resend the list of channels. YouTube is currently attracting a large number of children to the agency to follow.

The Information Security Administration will also ask Google to have guidelines and recommendations on how to make content for children how to be safe and suitable for children to all content creators on YouTube, especially. channels with a large number of children watching.

Mr. Tien hopes that the project on protecting children in cyberspace submitted by the Ministry of Information and Communications to the Government with many comprehensive and fundamental solutions to protect children will be approved before International Children’s Day 1-. 6 to come.

In addition, the child protection network in cyberspace from the initiative of the Information Security Administration is also waiting for the opinions of ministries and branches to appoint members of their ministries and branches to join the network to officially establish and work.

* More than 66.6% of children are afraid of information disclosure individuals on the Internet

According to the survey “Voices of Vietnamese Children” conducted by the Research Institute for Sustainable Development and Save the Children in 2020, 2 out of 3 children have an Internet-connected device.

Children use the Internet for a variety of purposes such as studying/researching, watching entertainment programs/reading news, socializing, connecting with friends and playing video/online games.

Children access the Internet the most through personal smartphones (57.8%), computers at home (45.9%), cell phones of relatives (45.3%), in addition to Internet cafes (13.5%). Particularly, the group of students in the school can access the Internet via computers at school (23.6%).

The majority of children participating in the survey (60%) answered that they feel safe when using the Internet. However, children are also aware of the risks of unsafety when using the Internet, especially the risk of personal information disclosure (66.6%), followed by the risk of Internet addiction (60.9 %).

* Children see pornography from 7 years old

According to BBFC – the independent and non-profit media content regulator for the UK’s trusted content, movie and game classification system, 7 to 8 years old is the age at which some children accidentally see pornography.

More than 60% of 11 to 13 year olds and 53% of 14 to 15 year olds are unknowingly exposed to online pornography. Most of them described the feeling as “horrible” and “confused”, causing the most negative feelings, especially in children under 10 years old.

If only considering pornography, they are really rampant on the Internet, not only in the form of websites but also as images/videos/advertisements appearing on online gaming sites, social networks, forums, group chat.

DUC THIEN

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