askST: How can parents protect their children on the Internet?

The recent case of a student who became self-radicalised underscored the importance of parents and guardians knowing what their children get up to online.
The recent case of a student who became self-radicalised underscored the importance of parents and guardians knowing what their children get up to online.ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

SINGAPORE - Many people were alarmed when news broke late last month that a 16-year-old student had become self-radicalised through the Internet, and was planning to launch a terror attack on two mosques.

Although experts said the Internet should not be wholly blamed for this phenomenon, parents and guardians felt the incident underscored the importance of knowing what their children get up to online, noting that the teenager's parents had not known he was researching radical topics.

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