KUALA LUMPUR: Less than a quarter of Malaysian parents check the content of their children’s electronic devices, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim revealed on Saturday.

The worrying finding, for children aged between 3 and 17, was revealed by a survey of 1,165 parents who attended programmes carried out during the 1Malaysia National Family Month in November.

“Nearly 80 per cent of parents… allow their children to own and use electronic gadgets.

“However, only 15.1 per cent of them prohibit the use of gadgets if their children commit an offence (such as perusing forbidden content),” Rohani said.

The survey also found that only 48 per cent of parents limit the time their children spend on gadgets; while 3.7 per cent do not monitor their children’s online activities at all.

Last year, the ministry implemented the ‘No Gadget Hour’ campaign which was aimed at ensuring that parents spend more quality time with their children.


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