The National Police Agency is urging parents to be more vigilant about the use of smartphones by their children in an effort to stem the increase in sex-related crimes targeting minors.
Police are also requesting that mobile phone operators and sales outlets carefully explain to customers about the use of filtering systems to prevent minors from becoming victims of sex crimes, TBS reported Friday.
According to the NPA, in the first six months of this year, the number of children under the age of 18 who became involved in sex crimes via their smartphones was 274, more than double the number for the same period in 2012.
The majority of incidents involved online dating sites and other potentially harmful sites and as there are no programs to officially restrict children's access to these types of sites yet, police are asking mobile phone companies to devise ways to limit children's access on their smartphones.
Police are urging parents to not only be mindful and filter smartphone use, but also to watch out for malicious apps, TBS reported.© Japan Today