With the advancement in technology, mobile phones have become more than just making phone calls and sending text messages.
School children now have access to the internet, as well as sending information and media using mobile phones.
The Office of Censorship today started its pilot research project, aimed at collecting data on the use of mobile phones by school children, with regards to accessing and distribution of indecent information and materials.
The Censorship Office is undertaking this research amidst increased calls for action to control the flow of indecent information, and materials through use of modern forms of communication.
The research will support the need to establish national frameworks such as a national policy, to establish appropriate internet filtering system to monitor, and regulate the content of the mass media and communication.
Deputy Chief Censor, Jim Abani, also said the research is a way for the office to conduct awareness on the effects of modern technology. He said the Office had received so many calls regarding mobile phones in schools from parents and teachers, therefore, the office is taking a stand to come up with a policy to address the issue.
The Censorship office will also be reviewing the current Classification of Publications (Censorship) Act of 1989, to also include online services, computer games, and code of conduct for industry groups, to meet with the change in technology.
Principal Advisor, Mass Media, Robroy Chiki, also did awareness on the role of the Office, adding that Security internet filtering in PNG will soon be in effect in the next two to three years.
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