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Gov't to enact laws protecting youth from Internet abuse

Published:Saturday | July 27, 2013 | 6:48 PM

The Government has announced plans to enact legislation to protect children from persons who use the Internet to molest them.

The announcement by Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell comes as the Government gets ready to roll out its computer tablet pilot project in select schools across the island.

Under the pilot project, students in 20 schools will be provided with 30,000 tablets free of cost to assist with studying.

Paulwell says with more children about to start spending considerably more time on the Internet, it is necessary for the Government to put strict laws in place that will protect them.

He says the new legislation will impose severe penalties on adults who use the Internet to search for children to molest.

Paulwell says the Government will also seek to restrict the materials children will be exposed to.

He was speaking at the official opening of the Falmouth Youth Empowerment Computer Access Centre in Trelawny.


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