Online safety campaign for kids

Minister Lulu Xingwana said it is the responsibility of parents to protect their children.

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JOHANNESBURG - Google in partnership with the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities on Friday launched a campaign aimed at making the internet safer for children.

The internet giant established a South African version of its family safety centre website.

It comes with tips and step-by-step instructions on how to control the content children may come across online.

Government acknowledged that the internet has become a part of the playground for many South African children.

It is worried that youngsters are increasingly accessing inappropriate content, and opening themselves up to abuse by strangers.

Minister Lulu Xingwana said, "With the advent of the internet and mobile technology, children's vulnerability has been on the increase.

She said it was the responsibility of parents to protect their children.

Google's newly launched website is available in English, isiZulu and Afrikaans.

It and contains tips for parents to monitor their children's internet usage.