MWCD’s reader on safe childhood asks parents to monitor children’s texting

The Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) has developed advisory guidelines for parents, teachers and the community , on “Raising Happy Children and Providing Safe Childhoods”,. It recommends parental monitoring of children’s conversations on phone as a means of tackling sexual abuse and inappropriate behaviour, advising greater privacy once children reach 16-17 years of age. The reader draws upon global best practice standards and ensures that detention or institutionalization is a measure of last resort, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.