Technology responsible for the loss of human interaction – Michael Farrugia

Family Minister Michael Farrugia speaks about the dark side of technology on occasion of Internet Safety Day.

According to Family Minister Michael Farrugia, 21st century addictions, particularly those related to technology are not only leading to abuse but they are also responsible for loss of human interaction.

“Friends live in a virtual environment and while we chat there is no real confirmation as to who is at the other end.”

Addressing the media at the Foundation for Social Welfare Services offices, Farrugia explained how employees would be helping volunteers man the 179 child support line.

Farrugia also put to rest concerns raised by Children Commissioner Helen D’Amato, and said that the funds for the second phase of the project ‘Be Smart Online’ would soon be delivered.

Malta Communication Authority’s Be Smart Online project coordinator Mark Spiteri explained that the Child Web Alert unit received 260 reports last year.

“The theme for this year is ‘Let’s Create a Better Net’. It is better to have one official online platform to receive reports for abuse than allow individuals, especially children to turn to underground sites”, Spiteri said.

 The Malta Communications Authority, the Foundation for Social Welfare Services, the Education Department, and the office of the Commissioner for Children have today launched various initiatives and events in view of Internet Safety Day which will be on the 10th of February.