Eastern Issues of Cell Phone Surveillance
Nowadays parents worldwide struggle with online predators, cyberbullying, and other Internet perils on their own. However, in some countries the issue of children’s online protection is on the carpet at the country level.
The importance and effectiveness of parental control applications is highly appreciated by the government of South Korea. It has even created one of the apps, Smart Sheriff, in order to block kids’ access to inappropriate content on the Internet. Moreover, the use of parental control apps is legislated and all new smartphones children under 18 years have are equipped with one of such apps in a mandatory manner. Despite the fact that this decision doesn’t concern the old smartphones used by children, parents receive letters from schools encouraging them to install the app.
The same goes with Japan where a similar law was enacted However, parents have a possibility to opt out. Today more than 500,000 Korean parents use parental control applications and this number keeps going up.
A pallid statics says a suicide to be the first reason of death among people from 10 to 30 y.o. in South Korea. No wonder that an app that informs parents when their children write words like “suicide” or “bullying” acquires popularity. Aside from that, a parental control app, like Pumpic, for instance, gives parents a possibility to monitor the activities of the target device, installed applications, browsing history, GPS location and time usage.
Parents use data collected by a parental control application as evidence at Youth Court in Singapore. Local children with behavioral problems can be sentenced to tarry in a closed or open institution or put under a Statutory Supervision Order. Moreover, with the help of Pumpic or other similar apps parents can monitor children’s activities and location to prevent a runaway or any other harmful activity.
The problem of child online protection is palpitating, and the steps taken by governments of eastern countries should be supported worldwide.