Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has asked people to prioritize positive use of the internet in a bid to protect children from online threats and violence.
The remarks were made as the country joined the rest of the world in commemorating the World Safer Internet Day, which falls on 6 February every year.
Speaking at a press briefing in Blantyre, Deputy Director Legal Consumer Affairs at MACRA Thokozani Chimbe, said many people across the country are taking advantage of the internet to commit cyberbullying, which leaves children more vulnerable.
“This is very crucial day because nowadays children are more exposed to the internet than before. There are a lot dangers that come with the internet for instance child pornography and cyberbullying which really affects the livelihood of the children and exposes them to more harm and violence,” she explained.
“Malawians should desist from such malpractice but rather focus more on the good use of it, which will in the end equip the child with positive content at the same time benefiting the country.”
The day aims at raising awareness and bringing together key stakeholders to promote safe, responsible use of online and mobile technologies among children and young people.
This year the day was commemorated under the theme Create, Connect, Share, Respect; a better internet starts with you.