‘Some 20 mil­lion in­ter­net users are be­low 18 in Iran’

Tehran Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

TEHRAN — In Iran, about 20 mil­lion in­ter­net users out of 56 mil­lion users are be­low 18, deputy ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter for train­ing Alireza Kazemi said, IRNA re­ported on Mon­day.

The chil­dren and young adults lack skills to cope with threats in cy­berspace, he lamented.

“Nowa­days the cy­berspace is as im­por­tant as fam­ily, school and so­ci­ety in train­ing chil­dren,” he said.

The cy­berspace has a cru­cial role in for­ma­tion of char­ac­ter­is­tics of chil­dren, he ex­plained.

Peo­ple spends from 20 to 80 hours per week in cy­berspace, which change sleep­ing time and en­counter them to un­nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion and is­sues, he said.

“We should try to boost skills of the stu­dents and fam­i­lies for us­ing cy­berspace at the schools,” he said.

Pro­vid­ing ap­pro­pri­ate con­tent is also im­por­tant for pro­tec­tion of stu­dents from im­mor­tal­ity in cy­berspace, he con­cluded.

In mid-Novem­ber, the In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (ICT) Min­istry an­nounced that it plans to in­tro­duce parental con­trol ap­pli­ca­tions in the near fu­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey con­ducted by the ICT min­istry, only eight per­cent of Ira­nian par­ents mon­i­tor their chil­dren’s on­line ac­tiv­ity.

The sur­vey re­vealed that Iran is not very suc­cess­ful in con­tent cre­ation for chil­dren and to con­trol chil­dren’s on­line ac­tiv­ity.

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