Monday, 06 April 2020 | 06:11 WIB

KPAI Urges Parents to be Aware of Hoax News on Child Abduction, Organ Theft

Rita Pranawati, Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) (nnc)

JAKARTA, NNC - Rita Pranawati, Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI), says the public must be aware of fake or hoax news and information, particularly those that are related to kidnapping.

This statement was conveyed by Rita due to the many social media accounts circulating lately that share information on child abductions. News on social media about kidnappings made by social media accounts using different times of events, places of occurrence, modes, and victims.

Brigadier General Dedi Prasetyo, Head of Public Information Agency at the Indonesian National Police (Polri), said the fake or hoax news that are shared on the internet and social media contained stories of child abduction and organ theft that had never occurred.

"Do not let these worries that arise from the fake or hoax news cause parents to take away their children's rights to play. It is better for parents to provide children with good knowledge about engaging with strangers," Rita told NNC on Wednesday (10/31).

Rita said, the information and knowledge that parents can give to their children include how to address strangers who want to invite the children to go somewhere, and how to response to requests by strangers. When children feel threatened, children are taught to shout and not accept gifts from strangers.

"If separated from parents, children are taught to ask for help from the correct type of people, such as security officers and police, teachers, and other uniformed officers," she said.

Meanwhile, in relation to the rise of hoax or false information on social media, Rita urged parents to learn about the internet. Parents also need to deepen their knowledge on the virtual world and the real world.

"Parents have to learn about the internet better, and notice the differences between the virtual world with the real world. Checking and rechecking is very important," Rita added.