Facebook Officials to Visit Zimbabwe

Facebook officials are set to visit the country this year to assist the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of ZImbabwe in coming up with an internet code for children.

This was said by Potraz Head of ICT Tichafa Mujuru during a ICT  Parliamentary Portfolio workshop in Masvingo on Sunday.

He said taking cognizant of the vulnerability of children on Facebook, the regulator engaged the Mark Zuckerberg owned company to assist them in coming up with an internet code of conduct.

“We will also be working with Facebook. There is a lot that happens on Facebook that children are not aware and if they are not careful they can get into certain networks which are undesirable.

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“We will be working with Facebook, they will be coming in the country to assist us in those areas. There will be a capacity building workshop on child online protection. On the same workshop we will be working on a policy on child online protection like I said its in partnership with Facebook,” he said.

“We also have guidelines for the 13 year old+ age groups. These are people beginning to experiment a lot on the internet, they are likely to access harmful material.

“Activities for 2017 as we look for child online protection, the material that we had for the child online guidelines we are looking at making that available in all the schools in order to improve child safety.

“And we are also working with other organisations in this initiative where we’ve got workshops for teachers on child online protection,” he said.

He also said they have also engaged the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education on the teaching of teachers about the internet code for children.

Meanwhile, Potraz will complete the setting up of Zimbabwe’s second Internet Exchange Point in May which also acts as a regional IXP.


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