Yes; Because as per report 98.8% school children are accessing the Internet in the urban regions of our country!
So they have the access to the highly addictive World of Web from the very early stage. Now if the parents are not well-informed about the essential matters on Internet Safety then who else will guide them.
Because in a recent report of WebWise some vital points have come up regarding how much vulnerable these children are to several Internet-related crimes & abuses.
Like Cyber bullying, facing account hacking, getting improper messages etc.
Now you may ask how Cyber Bullying can be considered as a crime? Do you know how far a child’s life can get jeopardized due to this activity?
Because in most of the cases children can’t go to anyone (parents/ teachers) to discuss this matter in its initial stage. So it gradually becomes more serious.
Apart from this, study has also brought some crucial points,
- Children share their account passwords with their friends but do know the percentage of it? 54.8%!
- There is Child Helpline number but 76% of children are not even aware of this!
- More than 35% students have faced account hacking
- 15.74% students have shared that they have got inappropriate messages
- The percentage of got bullied & have faced humiliation is 15% & 10.41% respectively.
These are just the accounted data which have been collected from a sample number of students for this report. There happen many such incidents everyday which remain unaccounted for several reasons.
Sometimes children get so nervous or tensed they never tell it to anyone, even for their entire life. Just because of a simple fear regarding what others will think.
But if we just account the accounted stats from this report we will found that here in every step how much responsibility goes on a parents shoulder.
Because essential teaching can be delivered at school but the very basic learnings start from home. If the parents can teach their child about essential Internet Etiquette there can be nothing better than that.
So when it’s a very interesting news that school children from the urban regions are getting highly advanced due to the Internet access from the early age but it has many shades too.
Yes; Shades, which needs to be addressed properly to the children at an early stage. Because in that children don’t have that much of knowledge regarding good/ bad.
So parents can be the guide for their Cyber journey. But here one vital question comes, how many of the parents themselves are enough aware of these facts to educate their children.
Sometimes in spite of having awareness & knowledge among parents, due to the lack of time in their busy life they can’t deliver that knowledge to their children. But it shouldn’t be because your child’s future is above anything.
So when we are talking too much about the studies/ findings on internet usage & penetration, how much of us are really taking any initiative to find out how many parents are well aware of educating their children.
Then only the children will be on the right direction. Otherwise, it will be never possible.
Here my suggestion is, when making children aware, the awareness need to be spread among the parents too through several boot camps, seminars & workshops.
It will be a more holistic way.
Data Source: Business Standard