Celcom to equip 175 PI1Ms with KidSafe app

By NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

Celcom Axiata Bhd announced that it will be rolling out its KidSafe application to a total of 175 1Malaysia Internet Centres (PI1M) across the country.

Celcom CEO Micheal Kuehner said the centres will all be equipped with the state-of-the-art application as part of its’ initiative to raise awareness on the dangers of the cyberworld.

“By ways of the network-based filtering tool, we can now protect our younger generation from various digital dangers,” he said.

Kuehner added that Celcom was honoured to have received recognition for making the digital environment safer for kids from Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Khairy, who deemed this as a good measure to keep children safe online, said that adding to this, there are also plans to regulate the content consumption at all private cybercafes.

“We are looking at a non-restrictive approach of discussing with selfregulated and non government-run cybercafés about the freedom to explore the online realm with some regulation,” he said.

There are 777 PI1M centres nationwide as of June 1, 2017, developed to expand the usage of ICT facilities as well as Internet access, and bridge the digital gap between rural and urban areas.

Celcom chief corporate officer Zuraida Jamaluddin was also present at the launch of the campaign’s new phase. The KidSafe application was re-launched simultaneously with the Parents Unite for Online Safety campaign launched last September.

The parental control tool features web filtering, monitoring, a remote control to limit the usage of Internet, content management as well as a location tracker.

U Mobile Sdn Bhd and Knightsbridge Sdn Bhd also introduced their tracker app that utilises the global system for mobile communications standard — TraqKid in November.

Celcom deputy CEO Azwan Khan Osman Khan said there are only a couple of hundreds KidSafe app users recorded in the country thus far.

“We are also looking into launching an initiative towards physical safety,” he said.

Khairy said that initiatives under the National Transformation 50 plan will be implemented before its official launch this September.

“I will be launching about 10 initiatives in the next two to three weeks, which will involve both the private and the public sectors, before I submit the comprehensive report on the programme next month,” he said.