According to her, a large percentage of mothers and fathers do not know much about how to protect their children from the dangers of social media.
Babatola was speaking at an event in Lagos, when she said: “When I was growing up, there wasn’t anything like social media like you have it now. I’m just hearing about it like most Nigerian parents.”
She said Nigerian parents did not grow up with social media and the internet, therefore, there is little they can do to ensure that their children do not fall victim to the pranks and antics of the notorious cyber criminals.
She then advised that enlightenment sessions should be organised where parents will learn how to keep their children safe.
“Like fellow Nigerian parents, I want to learn how to protect my children because we can’t sit down without doing anything,” she said.
She then urged the government to partner with internet security experts to organise public enlightenment programmes where parents will be taught the various measures they can take to ensure their children use the internet safely.
She mentioned the numerous incidences of cybercrimes where unsuspecting youths were lured to secret locations and were robbed, brutalized and assaulted.
She said: “With the provision of adequate information, I believe parents will be in the better position to disseminate information on cyber security to their children.”