by Jonathan Tan
So PAP Community Foundation (PCF) pre-schoolers are going to get a lesson on how to use smart phones and tablets “responsibly”. ST reported today that the Inter-Ministry Cyber Wellness Steering Committee is funding non-profit group Touch Cyber Wellness to run such a programme. The programme touches on the dangers of excessive gaming, as well as “good online etiquette”.
It’s a good start, and an early one for the kids who get to be in the programme. But is that enough?
Maybe not. A few pages after, ST carried a piece on teen cyber-scam victims. Teenagers are being tricked into becoming loan shark runners, getting raped, or molested – numbers all on the rise. Clearly, even the older kids need some guidance on more discerning use of online media.
Of course the needs of the different age groups are different. But, it seems more needs to be done to bridge this gap between education, and the technologies we use every day (the internet, smart phones, etc).
So it’s good that kindergartens are getting started on it. But what of the primary schools, secondary schools, junior colleges? After all, ST reported that victims of rape from cyber-scams ranged from ages seven to 19.
It’s time for the schools to get ahead of the internet.