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Spotlight On Parents, Internet Use Worrying

The protection of a child's innocence from excessive exposure to the internet on mobile phones sorely lies with parents, says a psychologist at the University of the South Pacific.
27 Nov 2022 19:46
Spotlight On Parents, Internet Use Worrying
The responsibility of how electronic devices are managed in a child’s life was with the parents, families, and communities, a psychologist expert said.

The protection of a child’s innocence from excessive exposure to the internet on mobile phones sorely lies with parents, says a psychologist at the University of the South Pacific.

Dr Annie Crookes said the responsibility of how electronic devices were managed in a child’s life was with parents, families, and communities.

“With many aspects of child devel­opment, it is about this technology being monitored, limited as age ap­propriate and openly discussed,” Dr Crookes said.

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Sur­vey 2021 report stated that 95.4 per cent of Fijians between the ages of 15 and 49 had access to landline or mobile phone. The report was carried out by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics and other government ministries, with technical support from the United Nations Children’s Fund, United Nation’s Population Fund, and the Pacific Community.

The findings highlighted that between the ages of 15 and 49:

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