Social Media Content for Children is Followed by the Ministry

Social Media Content for Children is Followed by the Ministry
Social Media Content for Children is Followed by the Ministry

The Social Media Working Group, formed by the Ministry of Family and Social Services, intervened in 1555 content on the internet that were determined to contain elements that could be harmful to children.

The Social Media Working Group, established under the General Directorate of Child Services of the Ministry of Family and Social Services, works in cooperation with the relevant institutions to prevent or remove content that may adversely affect the development of children, whether written or visually, on the internet and social media, and that contains elements of neglect, abuse and crime. Social Media Working Group, which has been monitoring content on a 2017/7 basis in the Ministry since 24, has intervened to remove or block a total of 1555 content to date.

Blocked content

In addition to the judicial authorities, the Social Media Working Group cooperates with the Presidential Communications Office, the Information Technologies and Communications Authority (BTK), the General Directorate of Security, Department of Combating Cybercrime, and RTÜK.

In this context, Real Stories, Life's Window, Here's My Story and My Story Is Not Over. YouTube Contents that "disrupt family and social structure, violate general morality, and include child sexual abuse" were detected on their channels. On the grounds that watching these contents by children may adversely affect their psychosocial development, a request was made to the BTK to prevent access pursuant to Law No. 5651 and necessary action was taken.

In addition, the “Tale of the King Who Wants to Marry His Daughter” video was blocked due to incestuous and immoral statements.

The Mariam Game was also removed for reasons such as obtaining the personal information of the players, applying psychological pressure to the children, leaving them in despair and despair, and causing them to think about suicide.

Warning to families for game character

On the other hand, the Ministry also warns families about content that may adversely affect children.

The General Directorate of Children's Services warned that the character "Huggy Wuggy" in the video game Poppy Playtime may cause fear in children. In the statement prepared to warn families, “This character is used as a frightening element in many content on social media. It has been evaluated that this character, which has spread in a short time both in the digital media and in the market as a toy, may arouse fear in children due to its physical characteristics, and therefore, exposure of children to this image will negatively affect their psycho-social development. In this context, it was not deemed appropriate to buy the toy in question for children as a result of the evaluation made by the experts of our Ministry.” statements were included.

How does the Social Media Working Group work?

The Social Media Working Group was established in 2017 under the General Directorate of Child Services of the Ministry of Family and Social Services in order to identify the threats that children may encounter in digital environments, to take protective and preventive activities and to take measures.

The Social Media Working Group undertakes the task of carrying out both institutional and inter-agency intervention processes for content on the internet that may adversely affect children's development, where children are exposed or may be exposed to neglect and abuse.

In this context, regarding the determinations of the Social Media Working Group, the Ministry's General Directorate of Legal Services applies to the judicial authorities, requesting the blocking/removal of content and filing a criminal complaint about the matters that constitute a crime. In addition, judicial bodies are applied to take measures when necessary regarding the issues transferred to the provincial directorates, and the measures given by the courts regarding children and in the field of social services of the Ministry are promptly implemented.

The Social Media Working Group cooperates with the Information Technologies and Communications Authority (BTK), the General Directorate of Security, Department of Combating Cybercrime, and the Radio and Television Supreme Council in the process of combating and responding to the content in question.

Content that may negatively affect children's development is immediately reported to BTK to be removed/blocked within the scope of Law No. 5651 on Regulating Internet Broadcasts and Combating Crimes Committed Through These Broadcasts, taking into account the multiplier effect of the spreading speed of sharing on the Internet.

Contents containing child neglect and abuse are forwarded to the EGM Cybercrime Department for address detection and URL address determination and, if necessary, to the Ministry's General Directorate of Legal Services for judicial process.

Regarding social media content, ALO 183 line and e-mail addresses of the Ministry of Family and Social Services and CIMER, Cyber ​​Crime Department siber@egm.gov.tr and Information Technologies and Communications Authority https://www.ihbarweb.org.tr The notifications received via their addresses are evaluated and necessary actions are taken.

The Ministry of Family and Social Services organizes trainings in cooperation with relevant public institutions and organizations, universities and non-governmental organizations in order to draw attention to the risks in digital environments for the healthy development of children and to raise awareness.

Günceleme: 24/10/2022 15:24

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