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MIC recommends '4T principles' to protect children online

08/11/2023 07:34 AM Font weight
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To keep children safe online, the Authority of Information Security under the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) recommends the '4T principles' of compliance, intelligence, caution and kindness.


At the MIC's regular press conference held November 6, Mr. Nguyen Phu Luong, Deputy Director of the National Cyber Security Monitoring Center under the Authority of Information Security shared some of the risks that artificial intelligence (AI) application tools can impact on children.

The first is that children may access inappropriate information. The information provided by integrated applications like ChatGPT is compiled from many sources on the Internet, which is both accurate and inaccurate. It is even not evaluated and filtered based on user's age to suggest appropriate answers. Therefore, children are likely to access information that is not appropriate for their age or contains violent content.

Children are also at risk of leaking private and personal information online. According to Luong, children can be careless when sharing personal information online, and can easily become victims of illegal data intrusion when using photo editing applications and chat applications.

Another risk is that children can be enticed to participate in dangerous online challenges.

In addition, children may mistake artificial intelligence for a real friend and act according to AI's advice. Meanwhile, these tips may include biased, inaccurate, harmful or misleading content.

AI application tools can also impact children's psychology and behavior. With the help of AI tools, users can find information about any topic with just one question.

Too much interaction with technology can lead to depression, anxiety or loss of social skills due to less interaction with others. Too much reliance on AI can also reduce children's ability to learn, research and work proactively.

Measures to help children stay safe online

The Authority of Information Security advised parents who allow their children to use the Internet to comply with all information security principles and measures provided by suppliers, and equip themselves with basic knowledge on cyberspace to better protect their children.

Parents need to always be cautious with any information on the Internet, abide by the principles of conduct in the network environment, and allow children to use applications dedicated to them.

Internet users were also advised to be vigilant against applications of unknown origin because they all pose a potential risk of information insecurity.

When allowing their children to participate in the online environment and use AI tools, parents need to always adhere to the '4T principles', including: compliance, intelligence, caution and kindness.

Le Quang Tu Do, Director of the MIC's Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information (ABEI), said that after being reported about several groups with tens of thousands of members who often share negative information, the ABEI contacted with and requested Facebook (Meta) to remove eight of such groups.

Regarding the management of cultural behaviour in cyberspace, Do said that this is a task of not only the MIC, but also many ministries and sectors, including the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. He shared that the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is coordinating with ministries and sectors to implement several solutions to raise people's awareness on social networks.

As for the MIC, the ministry has issued a handbook for conduct in cyberspace, and carried out a ‘Tin’ (means both news and trust in Vietnamese) campaign which aims to provide basic information and skills for internet users to recognise, detect, and prevent fake news and toxic information online, and be aware of their responsibilities when posting, providing, and sharing information.

The two ministries are also coordinating in developing a punishment process (restrictions on broadcasting, performance, advertising) for artists who commit violations. This process is expected to be issued by the end of this year, he added.


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