Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs Maxwell Charles.

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Vincentian parents who use laptops given to their children by the government to view pornography are being asked to stop doing so.

Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs Maxwell Charles said Sunday night at a Unity Labour Party rally that he has “proof” that some parents were using the laptops for such activities.

“I want to announce here tonight, or I want to warn you, do take care of these laptops. I am getting far too many complaints,” he said.

“And there is something that is rearing its ugly head …. I have gotten about half a dozen complaints about students who have pornographic material on their laptops,” he said.

Students have received laptop computers under a government initiative.

“And in some of the cases, … I have proof … that parents are going on certain sites during the night and they are looking at … ‘adult content’… and they are leaving them open so that when the students go back to the laptops the next day, they are now open to pornography,” he further said.

“Parents, I appeal to you tonight, stop that. If you are doing it, cut it out. You should be leaders of your children. You should be leading them … into paths of desirable conduct. And going to adult sites in the night and leaving it open is not becoming of you, parents,” Charles said.

Primary and secondary school student here have been given laptops under the Unity Labour Party’s one-lap per student initiative.

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