Public Roots for National Policy on Internet Content

Panelists discuss Safer Internet usage at the SID2017 dialogue on Tuesday morning

Stakeholders in the Information, viagra 40mg Communication Technology (ICT) Industry have called upon government and the Communications regulator, malady UCC to develop guidelines and national policies to regulate internet content in the country.

They say that the internet, click however good and modern it is, it has some dangers associated which affect mainly children and youths.

The issues were raised during the Safer Internet Day (SID 2017) dialogue held at Uganda Communications Commission headquarters in Bugolobi, Kampala on Tuesday February 7th. The dialogue was centered on how to make the internet a safe place for young generations in the country.

“The Internet Service providers are money makers that care less about what appears online. Government should develop regulations and policies that will guide on internet consumption,” said Moses Binoga, an official from the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

With regard to internet usage in schools, Binoga said that standard guidelines need to be crafted for schools to ensure that the little children don’t fall victims of cyber bullying.

“All stakeholders including teachers, parents and children should join hands and raise consciousness about the dangers associated with internet,” he said.

Peter Mukulu, an official with UCC says that the Commission is mandated to safeguard interests of the internet consumers but continuous sensitization of the public about the dangers associated is highly needed.

“It’s our collective responsibility to raise awareness and reach out to teachers and other institutions on the implementation and use of parental controls,” he said.

“Not everything can be filtered; there is always some technology used to bypass it and that’s why parents need to talk to children about dangers associated with internet use.”

On his part, UCC Executive Director, Eng. Godfrey Mutabaazi said that the commission has established ICT labs in over 1000 government schools across the country, 600 of which were connected to the internet.

“These ICT laboratories re equipped with content installed for students’ use. In addition, UCC has also helped train teachers with the requisite ICT skills,” he said.

Mutabaazi says that the commission has tried to filter and block content deemed harmful to children but they can only do enough.

“Raising children in a morally upright way is shared responsibility by parents, institutions and government. This is in line with the African Saying which goes; It takes a village to raise a child.”


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