Protect child’s identity

2018-01-24 06:00

Due to an increase in the prevelence of online predators aiming to cause harm to children on social media platforms, parents have been warned about contributing to their child’s digital footprint.

The big safety concern that comes with the excitement of parents sharing pictures of themselves with their children on their first day at school was highlighted by Sandile Nene, acting CEO of the Film and Publication Board (FPB).

Parents who upload pictures of their children in their school uniforms, either at home or right outside the school premises, are warned about the risk of their children’s identity and personal information being accessed and used, be it positively or negatively.

“The child’s uniform usually displays the name of the school. Therefore, everyone who has access to the image will now know which school the child goes to – followers can easily track where the image was taken and go to the exact location,” warned Nene.

Abongile Mashele, acting COO of the FPB, stresses that the protection of children is paramount to the mandate of the FPB.

She says protecting children under the FP Act is a proportional balancing of the rights afforded in the South African Constitution and Bill of Rights against the right of the child.

“The protection of children as enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights includes physical, mental, emotional, spiritual or moral harm, to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation.

“It further ensures that children’s best interest is of paramount importance in every matter concerning a child,” added Mashele.

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