Internet Child Safety Foundation is the subsidiary organ Halley Movement and seeks to protect children while they are online. The Internet is a useful tool for our children, however, they are oftentimes ignorant of the risks that they may face.
Foundation conducted the research study “Impact of Internet on children in Mauritius”, in an attempt to learn about how children and young persons are using the Internet and the benefits as well as the risks the Internet presents to young Internet users.
The findings from the study have concluded that the risks are real and that the young persons interviewed have revealed that they have experienced harm to some extent.
"The recommendations of the report have been acknowledged by the cabinet in Mauritius in 2009 and this has lead to the setting up of a national committee of child safety online. Halley Movement is a member of that committee.
The global internet offers new opportunities for children and families to research their homework online, communicate at international level, and build personal websites to share their creativity with others. However, while the technology offers unparalleled opportunities for children and adults to learn, it has also an immeasurable impact on the sexual exploitation of children and other abuses, such as child pornography, cyberbullying, grooming and paedophilia. According to the Internet Child Safety Foundation Survey – “Impact of Internet on Children” conducted in September 2007 in Mauritius, it had been found that less than 10% of parents monitor the websites visited by their children. The implementation of the Action Plan would, therefore, help consolidate measures taken to combat child abuse online."
Cabinet Decisions taken on 30 January 2009.
Prime Minister’s Office, Mauritius
While the current trend for most families is to possess personal computer, internet users are more at risk with online dangers. Chat, emails and the internet in itself are dangerous tools that we use in everyday life. Since most families are unaware of such problems they may face, ICSF has started a safe surfing campaign.
The overall objective of ‘Safe Surfing Campaign’ is to promote safe internet use by everybody and be prudent online. Colleges, executives, kids and family are all being briefed on safety rules while being online. Posters, bookmarks, and leaflets are all used to educate internet users to take precaution online.
The main aim of the study was to collect data to answer the key research question about how children in Mauritius are using the Internet and study and describe the impact on the users.
The key research objectives of the study were