Dhaka, Bangladesh
Safe internet use for kids

Safe internet use for kids

How safe is the Internet world for youngsters in Bangladesh? That is the big question agitating the mind of the educated class. However, there is no point in discussing the benefits of internet use. With the introduction of 3G internet and widespread use of broadband more than ever in Bangladesh, Internet has become the sensation among teenagers. The small device of smart phone with an internet connection becomes a magic box for them. But what is usually observed is that not many of the young children are using their magic box for educational purpose. It may sound negative if we say that our internet world is not always all secure and perfect every time. We must know that every gadget has its pernicious aspect too. Teenagers have a proclivity to believe in everything they hear. As they have superficial knowledge of the real world, they are fragile in taking right decision. While ever-smarter digital devices have made many aspects of our lives easier and more efficient, a growing body of evidence suggests that by continuously distracting us they are harming our ability to concentrate. Researchers have recently concluded that smart-phone use during lectures in the class is associated with lower academic performance of the students. It harms students' capability of concentrating on any particular thing for an extended period of time. This is one of the big bugbears of the essential digital devices which we cannot afford to ignore. Another thing to worry about is that the digital Blue Whale game has already triggered panic among the guardians. It has become a virtual threat all over. Now disconnecting the teens from the modern world is not a solution. Here is where parental intervention comes to play. The parents or guardians of a changing generation have to embrace the situation as it is and help the children find beautiful world of learning by averting the negative aspects of the digital devices. The Home Ministry has, however, issued separate instructions to take necessary steps to check the deadly Blue Whale game. There is minimal parental monitoring in our country largely because most of the parents have no idea how many things a smart- phone with internet connection can do and not all of them are good enough for children. IT literacy for all parents is obviously a far cry in the existing situation in the country. We seriously condemn the creation of such deadly Blue Whale game. The government agencies, the police in particular, should go all out to combat the offensive digital devices to save lives of our teenagers. The youngsters should also be motivated to abstain from such web activities as are harmful to them so that this beautiful world of internet may not be a frankenstein for us in future.

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