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14 February 2014
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When NFER surveyed 1351 primary and secondary school teachers, most of them confidently admitted that they are able to manage “e-safety issues” easily at school, and thus, they put hard efforts to encourage their pupils to do the same. 87% of these school teachers took pride as they have introduced e-safety policy in their schools that keep the Internet risks miles away from their students. Besides, 58% of teachers trust that their skilled students have enough knowledge to save them against cyberbullying while using Internet at home.

Since the Internet technology has become so handy to the today’s young generation, no surprise, we everyday witness commentators and scholars debating on the impact of the new media on children and their social relationships. There are still some questions unanswered that whether technology is really deteriorating moral values and social behavior of young children!

According to CHILDWISE research highlights, stats in 2012 showed that 22% of 5-16 year olds had their own personal computers, 51% owned laptops and 20% had tablet PCs. Not talking about the majority, but there are children who have experienced severe consequences of cyberbullying via social networking sites. Apparently, it’s not their curiosity towards Internet and technology apps that should be blamed completely for the dark outcomes; instead, rapidly changing technology trends and parents buying technology gadgets for their children should be held responsible. Other factors pushing them towards the darker technology world are growing use of smartphones applications and creation of location tagging services given by the SNS and other apps.

In a technology dependent world where parents and teachers think it to be a deal for their children to have safe online experience; on contrary, the children falling in the age groups of 7 to 16 years have enough sensibility to stay aware to securely use Internet services. Their awareness towards safe Internet usage can be foreseen by their interests and web browsing patterns. Below are the online things that bother young children between 7 to 16 years of age.

What Bothers Young Children on World Wide Web?

  • Taking pictures without their knowledge and uploading it on inappropriate websites.
  • Entertainment websites presenting racism and things that are ethically wrong.
  • Videos uploaded on YouTube where adults misbehave with disabled children.
  • Messages from strangers on social networking sites and sex sites opening without clicking on them.
  • Self-harm, suicide videos, child pornography, religious sects and violent videos disturb teenagers.

Where do we need to start from to actually put an end to the online interruptions creating serious disturbance in the minds of growing children? It is not only the children who need to learn a lot about the safe online browsing, but everybody in the society, like parents, scholars, teachers, technology enthusiasts and other adults, must stretch helping hands to create a thick shield around young kids so that they can enjoy secure and uninterrupted Internet browsing.

We would be happy to see you showing your concern in the matter. Feel free to drop your comments.

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