‘WATCH WHAT KIDS ARE DO­ING ON­LINE’

Par­ents should be tech-savvy to keep an eye on them, says min­is­ter

New Straits Times - - News -

HASHINI KAVISHTRI KANNAN PU­TRA­JAYA hashini@nst.com.my

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.

PIC BY AH­MAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR

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.

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