ABUJA (Sundiata Post)
By Ojonugwa Ugboja
The power and presence of the internet is now more than ever before very ubiquitous. In Nigeria, internet access is increasing and its penetration to areas that where hitherto without is even now reckless. According to the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), over 91.6 million Nigerians as at the first quarter of 2017 now have access to the internet.
While this means that more people will benefit from the medium in the way that it makes information readily available, the danger of exposing people unwittingly to some kind of content that are not desirable, especially for people below certain age limit is even more.
In a manner that has never been witnessed, pornography and other lewd contents are now not only a click away but sometimes, a pop up away. One can be minding his perhaps very responsible business on the internet while a disturbing pop up, suggesting pornography begins to flicker repeatedly at the top corner of the site, not minding that a minor could be using the computer or mobile phone at that point in time.
This is not only a cause for worry for parents but for the entire community of us all. Contents that offend people’s sensibility ought not to be presented in ways that seem to defy restrictions. The internet should be a tool to help us, but when it moves to erode our moral values, it means that the need to find a way around it is very important.
At Sundiata Post, commitment to societal values that promote decency and respectability is priority. In that regard, parents are encouraged to take advantage of ways that they can effectively control how their children use the internet with computers, phones or pads.
Some of the very helpful ways to restrict or block these offensive pop ups or websites for android phones are here, and here to know how to set your browsers, search engines and YouTube on ‘safe’ mode, and here too for all other devices including iphones.