In an effort to protect children through digital technology, the Telecom and Digital Infrastructure Ministry is seeking a relaxation of the current regulations barring students from taking mobile phones to school.
The ministry said it would pave the way for the introduction of a special mobile phone device to protect them.
Telecom and Digital Infrastructure Minister Harin Fernando told a media briefing that this system would be in place by next week.
He said recent rape and killing of the little girl at Kotadeniyawa, the killing of a 10-year- old boy in Athurugiriya and several other crimes against children had influenced the ministry to introduce this new devise.
Explaining about this system, the minister said a child will be given a personnel mobile phone through which he or she could dial his or her parents' numbers or dial the police emergency.
The phone will not have other facilities such as games or internet with the service providers being in a position to control the network.
“We know there will be shortcomings and loopholes in the system. These will be rectified in time to come. What is important is to get started at some point or the other,’ he said and assured that the shortcomings would be addressed as soon as possible.
The devise will be launched by two main mobile phone service providers Mobitel and Dialog which will introduce another innovative system named ‘I card’ which is a tracking devise where a parent will have a track of their children.
Meanwhile plans are afoot to appoint an inter-ministerial committee to prepare a national cyber policy especially aimed at fighting cyber crime.
Comments - 7
myya Saturday, 03 October 2015 07:50 AM
whats the link bw mobile phone and seya killingand 10 years boy killing via DM Android App
citizen a Saturday, 03 October 2015 07:56 AM
Good move Sir.ignore the critics and go ahead.
Md Saturday, 03 October 2015 05:32 PM
Worth the attempt
s. siripala Sunday, 04 October 2015 03:08 PM
is this going to be available to all children and parents in rural areas where no internet is available? Will there be a plan in place to introduce correct usage at the beginning? Does it come with a support service. Most people are not tech skilled. Need support
shaki Monday, 05 October 2015 06:23 PM
no study no tests.. one could wonder a quick buck for someone close to the minister.
Smart Citizen Saturday, 03 October 2015 07:20 PM
Very good move. Please start the process. We fully agree the loopholes would be there and they could be plugged as we go forward !!!
googly Saturday, 03 October 2015 07:25 PM
I think we should not rush to introduce something now and later not use the system at all. I-card would be a good thing as parents will be able to track the movement of their children. These devices are already in use in the Middle East.
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