The Internet Industry Association of Singapore (IIAS) has launched today an online child safety portal for Singaporeans to provide guidance and information for children using the Internet safely. The objective of this portal is to educate Children, Parents, Teachers and Carers on the potential threats that children can be exposed to on the world-wide-web. Some features of the portal would include: safe surfing tips, proper netiquette, parents’ tips, computer protection advice as well the latest news and events. The public can visit http://www.iias.com.sg from today. The content and support for the portal is being provided by members of IIAS. Founding member Genovate Solutions will be spearheading content development as well as technical support for the portal.

The Internet Industry Association of Singapore (IIAS) has launched today an
online child safety portal for Singaporeans to provide guidance and information
for children using the Internet safely.

The objective of this portal is to educate Children, Parents, Teachers and
Carers on the potential threats that children can be exposed to on the
world-wide-web. Some features of the portal would include: safe surfing tips,
proper netiquette, parents’ tips, computer protection advice as well the latest
news and events.

The public can visit http://www.iias.com.sg from today. The content and support
for the portal is being provided by members of IIAS. Founding member Genovate
Solutions will be spearheading content development as well as technical support
for the portal.

To coincide with this launch, SurfControl, a founding member of IIAS, are
offering a free 3 month subscription to Cyber Patrol, the award-winning software
which helps protect children online. This limited time offer is only available
in Singapore. Cyber Patrol helps parents safeguard their children online, by
preventing access to dangerous sites, tracking time spent online and governing
online chat.

According to news reports, up to 20,000 children appear on pornographic images
daily and there are now more than 100,000 child pornographic websites on the
Internet. In Singapore, a survey done by The Parents Advisory Group for the
Internet (PAGi) now known as Community Advisory Committee (CAC), some of the key
findings include:

- Children between 13 and 15 years old are least concerned about Internet
dangers.
- Both parents and children have similar concerns about getting pornographic
materials, obtaining misinformation, meeting sexual predators and Internet
addiction.
- Both parents and children favour educational strategies compared to control
measures.

“The Internet Industry Association of Singapore has created this web site for
children, parents, teachers and carers as a guide to online safety. The Internet
is an integral part of the modern world, but there are those who seek to exploit
it, and harm our children. With this web site, we want to empower parents and
teachers as Internet traffic policemen: guiding children safely along the
Information Superhighway.” says Mr. Mark Trudinger, Vice President Asia
SurfControl and founding Vice Chairman of IIAS.

The survey results have also shown that there is a lot more that can be done to
raise the awareness level of online safety in Singapore. This portal is targeted
at teachers, parents and children who are already familiar with the Internet and
would like to gain more in-depth knowledge of potential dangers of the Internet
such as pornography, chat and online games, as well as filtering tools.

“Parents play a pivotal role in ensuring child safety on the Internet. Through
this portal, we hope that parents will be better equipped to meet the role of a
‘cyberparent’. Other initiatives that the IIAS will be embarking on include
conducting of Online Safety Workshops for parents to ensure that safe surfing
habits are inculcated in their children when they are young in order for them to
be aware of the potential dangers and pitfalls of online content and contact”
says Mr. J Anton Ravindran, CEO and co-founder of Genovate Solutions. Mr.
Ravindran is also the founding Chairman of the IIAS.

If any members of the public have any content they would like to submit, please
contact Andrew Peters, IIAS Secretariat at [email protected]
alternatively, you can contact him on 6563 7391