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07 November 2012

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Media has become a culture and interactive media has taken over books.

As stated there is no control over the use of, in this case, mobile phones.

I teach English and have suggested introducing Media Literacy in the school curriculum in my school.

I already have broad learning outcomes and unit learning outcomes for Grades 9-12.

I am competent to teach it. The only thing is, no one in my school thinks it is worthwhile

There are three technical approaches to this.

1. Heavy handed. Build an international firewall/web filter. Huawei have experience of this in China. Useful since they have a contract to build the national PNG government IT infrastrucure. But you'd be copying the likes of China, Iran, Cuba etc. Bad for free speech.

2. Organisational filters. A company or departmental Internet filter. Easily available, but high maintenance (we did this at UPNG. It sits between your local network and the Internet link.)

3. Local adult-content filters. Many freely available for personal devices. Most browsers allow you to install an add-on that does this. Needs some technical knowledge. Can be by-passed by clever kids.

And two personal solutions

1. Become as IT savvy as your kids and control their internet access with monitoring and control. Again, heavy-handed and not conducive to good family relationships.

2. Educate your kids and support them in using appropriate access and some moral education. Not easy, but good parenting never is.

In Papua New Guinea and many other Pacific island nations, there is continuing political, public and academic concern about the role of pornography in society and higher learning institutions.

The accessibility of the internet and the kinds of materials it makes available have renewed focus on the question of pornographic content, and what forms of pornography are being consumed nowadays.

Robin, a factual piece based on what is happening as we speak.

There are porn groups where nude pictures are uploaded, sex talk groups, gossip groups and the list is enless.

On the weekend I saw a picture of two Grade 8 students from Port Moresby Grammar kissing and fondling each other while still in their blue uniform. The tagged picture was making its usual rounds on all Facebook pages.

At this juncture, I now declare that it is a crisis situation. I know it is not my call, but from observation the abuse is growing at a rapid rate.

There is no form of authority to regulated the activity of those who go online.

Being a democratic country it may remain that way for an indefinite period of time.

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