Install software to filter porn, parents urged

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 July, 2008, 12:00am

Parents should install filtering software on home computers to protect children from pornography while surfing the internet, the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority advised yesterday.

The authority, which regulates the broadcasting and entertainment industries, said it would step up promotion of its filtering-software subsidy programme.

The programme has enlisted more than 100 secondary and primary schools to organise workshops to introduce parents to different filtering software. Parents who attend the talks are given free software.

'We appeal to parents to maintain an open dialogue with their children, give them proper guidance on Web surfing, and install filtering software in their computers to protect their children from being exposed to indecent or even obscene materials,' an authority spokesman said.

The authority would also work to ensure that all materials displayed and sold at the book fair from Wednesday to July 29 at the Cultural and Exhibition Centre would be appropriate for children. As in previous years, exhibitors have contracted with the Trade Development Council to display and sell only Class I articles (neither obscene nor indecent).

The authority will set up a counter at the book fair to promote awareness of the anti-obscenity ordinance.

 

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