It is alarming to note that more than 32 per cent of children who have access to internet face online harassment. Online harassment and cyber-bullying is a growing global problem. Online-harassment can cause profound harm as it can reach a wider audience and can remain accessible online indefinitely. However, we can reduce the chances of online violence and cyber-bullying by ensuring strict implementation of the cyber security law.
Over the years a widespread intervention of technology not only has changed the way our children used to think, behave, and interact but also reshaped the entire system in which they live. Children are increasingly getting afflicted to the usage of internet and thus internet is occupying a key part of our children’s growing up while helping them develop an identity and connect with the virtual world.
There has to be a guideline forchildren to make
them able to utilise internet potentially for
the betterment of their intellectual development
It needs no emphasising that children’s access to technology poses both negative and positive impact. Technology and internet help children to unearth a new communicative paradigm. There is no denying that today’s children are able to ascertain between competing facts more accurately and make decisions more quickly. But using internet is not always safe for children and there has to be a guideline for children to make them able to utilize internet potentially for the betterment of their intellectual development.
Ensuring safer internet should be the first and foremost priority for guardians, teachers and everyone involved in the ecosystem.
Also we need to build awareness about the impact of cyber-bullying and online harassment among the parents, teachers and children. Last but not least, a guideline should be incorporated to teach not only students but also the teachers on how to be responsible and safe towards their activities over the internet.