The smartphone is one of the greatest inventions in this technology era and other than being a means of communication, it allows us to access entertainment platforms at any time and anywhere.
One bad habit that Malaysian parents has is they tend to shut their children up with smartphones and the Internet when they are busy. Unfortunately, this has caused our children to be addicted to smartphones and the Internet.
According to a report by Kosmo, a study conducted by CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) and Education Ministry (KPM) found that Internet addiction among children is one of the issues that the country is facing.
The Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Tan Sri Annuar Musa said that children these days are sleeping late due to playing on smartphones and getting angry when they are not allowed to use their smartphones.
He added that these children who are addicted to smartphones tend to prefer their smartphones over going out to play with their friends.
Annuar Musa said the rate of internet addiction in Malaysia is currently higher compared to most other countries.
“When I read the report, I think that I might be one of the internet addicts because every time I wake up in the morning, the first thing I touch is my phone,”
“Studies have found that internet addiction occurs due to the low level of awareness among parents and it can invite cyber security risks to the younger generation,” he said.
Annuar Musa also emphasized that parents need to be aware of the risk of allowing their children have access to their phones, including access to inappropriate internet content, risk of online transactions, lack of digital fluency, password management vulnerabilities, stranger threats and phishing attacks.
Understandably, parents cannot be available for their children all-day but it is definitely not a good idea to distract them with smartphones. Try sending them to classes where they can make new friends or learn an additional skill.
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