Re­strict Chil­dren’s In­ter­net Use

India Today - - MAIL -

Teenagers are us­ing smart­phones, Face­book, other so­cial net­work­ing sites and In­ter­net-based com­mu­ni­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties ram­pantly nowa­days (“Foot­loose in Cy­be­ria”, Oc­to­ber 14). Many of them mis­use this tech­nol­ogy while some fall prey to it. Par­ents are of­ten un­aware of the dan­gers of so­cial net­work­ing sites and how putting pri­vate lives online can se­ri­ously harm a young­sters’s emo­tional life. The youth are frittering away by chat­ting online with strangers, up­load­ing im­ages and up­dat­ing sta­tus mes­sages for no in­tel­lec­tual gain. Par­ents are ad­vised to as­cer­tain the fraud and mis­use of so­cial net­work­ing sites and In­ter­net and guide their chil­dren. Re­stricted ac­cess should be al­lowed un­der close su­per­vi­sion for pur­pose­ful, es­pe­cially aca­demic ac­tiv­ity.

INDU SHANKAR, Varanasi

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