MXit urges youngsters to use common sense
MXit authorities have urged youngsters to apply common sense to stay free from any “predators” who ask for their personal details.
A concerned parents group is now calling on parents to log on to MXit and create an active communication forum with their children. Parents who don’t want their children to log on to MXit have also been urged to use the MXit blocking feature.
This week MXit authorities spoke of the initiatives they had embarked on. They have a partnership with Childline South Africa, which allows young adults to receive online counselling from trustworthy sources. They also have an HIV/Aids information and counselling service online. Drug and substance abuse counselling and advice is also offered.
The international marketing manager for MXit, Juan du Toit, said, “Every social network, just like every country on this planet, has criminals that will use whatever tools are available to them, to commit crimes. These criminals operate in our shopping malls, restaurants, cinemas, on the road and on the internet.
“We have more than 17 million users who interact and have fun on MXit without getting into trouble, and this is because they understand the rules of engagement and apply common sense.”
There is only a handful of users that displays irresponsible behaviour on MXit, according to Du Toit.
“The result of this behaviour should be a lesson to other users – do not befriend people who you don’t know and do not give them your personal details. These people could be imposters with unsavoury intentions. The only way that photos or messages can be passed from one user to the next is by befriending that user and adding him or her to your contact list.”
Their advice to parents of younger users was to understand the technology by downloading MXit and to help their teenagers by talking to them about the rules and potential risks of engaging with people that they did not know, said Du Toit.
“The chat rooms are moderated up to 14 hours a day. A chat room blocking feature is available that allows parents to block the chat capability on MXit. Users are encouraged to report any abuse they may have experienced,” said Du Toit.