‘WATCH WHAT KIDS ARE DOING ONLINE’
Parents should be tech-savvy to keep an eye on them, says minister
HASHINI KAVISHTRI KANNAN PUTRAJAYA email@example.com
PARENTS are urged to keep “an extra eye” on the activities of their children, especially on the Internet, as exposure to dangerous sites can lead to unfavourable consequences.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the roles of parents was vital in making sure their children did not become victims.
“Parents should equip themselves with information to know and understand the applications downloaded and used by their children.
“Some claim they are not techsavvy and are unable to monitor their children’s activities. This is not an excuse.
“Parents must to know and understand applications and websites that are unsuitable for children,” she said after launching the national-level Mothers Day celebration at Alamanda Shopping Centre here yesterday.
When asked about the 12-yearold boy who hung himself at his home in Felda Cahaya Baru, Masai, last Wednesday, Rohani said: “We don’t know what triggered his action. But it is sad to know a 12-year-old committed suicide.
“This is why parents should detect early signs, including changes in behaviour and attitude. These changes can only be noticed by parents.”
Admitting that there were parents who hardly had time for their children due to hectic work schedules, she said the ministry had introduced the “Parents At Work” programme to educate and advise parents who faced difficulties in striking a balance between family and work.
“Last year, we worked with 58 public and private companies and provided 64 programmes to 2,089 participants,” she said.
Rohani reminded parents to protect their children against negative elements as they were the future generation to lead the country. Children, parents and grandparents at Aeon Kinta City Mall in Ipoh celebrating Mothers Day yesterday with do-ityourself flower craft activities at the mall’s atrium.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim (centre) with members of the public at the launch of the national-level Mothers Day celebration in Putrajaya yesterday.