MINISTER of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Service, Jenfan Muswere, has called on parents and guardians to protect children from the negative aspects of the internet, including cyber bullying, terrorism, and pornography.
Speaking at Harare Central Prisons Primary School, where ICT gadgets were donated on Friday, Minister Muswere reiterated the need for a safe environment for children online and said the Ministry would work to safeguard the cyberspace.
He also praised the work of the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, and the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, and pledged to establish more ICT laboratories in the prisons and correctional service to enable access to ICT services.
“As a Ministry we will continue to find means and ways of safeguarding the cyberspace so as to create a safe environment for our children.
“Let us join hands in protecting this investment and apply our minds to use this facility as a platform for development, but taking cognisance of the dangers that come with operating in the cyberspace.
“These facilities are platforms that are bringing ICTs and related services within affordable reach of these peculiar communities.
“The Ministry will continue to accelerate the establishment of similar eLearning facilities as part of its mandate,” said Min Muswere.
He said Smart Education or eLearning is the application of modern ICT to not only facilitate research and learning in the classroom, but virtually from any place and any time.