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Doha plans to filter internet content for kids

Users can subscribe to special server safe from hacking compared to firewalls.

Doha plans to filter internet content for kids
KIDS PROTECTION: Exposure of children to offensive material on the Internet is a debated issue.(Getty Images)

The Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development (DIIFSD) is working with the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) to regulate internet content that affects children's behaviour, according to a report.

According to the Qatar-based The Peninsula daily, Dr Richard G Wilkins, Managing Director of DIIFSD "Exposure of children to offensive material on the Internet is an issue debated all over the world. We support measures to control children's access to such content and are working with FOSI towards achieving this goal."

FOSI, which has offices in the US and UK, aims to make the online world safer for children and their families by identifying and promoting best practices, tools and methods in the field of online safety, that also respect free expression, the daily added.

Dr Wilkins was speaking on the sidelines of a two-day international conference on "empowerment of the family in the modern world - challenges and promises ahead," according to The Peninsula.

According to Wilkin, major global IT companies such as Microsoft and Google were also interested in developing tools to filter internet content, to serve the interests of their family customers.

The daily reported that a server-based filtering system has been proposed as a solution, which is considered more effective than the methods commonly used by individuals and governments for filtering Internet content.

This means users can subscribe to a special server are safe from hacking compared to the firewalls put up by Internet service providers and individuals, The Peninsula added.

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