“Parents are constantly searching for online learning platforms, TV stations are providing more child-based educational content and schools are teaching via Zoom, Google Classroom and YouTube.
Cyberspace, the internet and online activities are here to stay. The future has arrived, welcome!!!”, stressed the document from NCC and Cece Yara Foundation.
The document, also noted that the fusion of children and the internet has now given birth to new concerns as is widely perceived.
It has magnified the critical need for parents and caregivers to step up to the new norms of online life for children.
Children may be led astray, if left unrestricted, surfing the internet.
There is, therefore, the need for online parenting, giving the parents the opportunity of guiding their children and ward online.
“Parents have to contend with the overwhelming and scary possibility of a child being hurt, by faceless individuals, while surfing the internet and a perceived inability/incapability to protect the child.
The good news is that, the internet is not all gloom and doom. The internet is a world of endless possibilities waiting to be explored by young, adventurous and impressionable minds.
Undoubtedly, there are many great ways children can use connected devices to learn and play, but there are also risks.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant change in mode of operation has compelled all stakeholders, parents, caregivers, governments and industry players, to actively pursue, create and promote a safe online environment for children.
This is where the partnership of NCC and Cece Yara Foundation comes in. They have provided practical online safety tips for parents, caregivers and children.
This covers what to do, before things go wrong, while children spend time online and what to do, if things go wrong.
This document serves as a guide that will help Parents and Carers/Guardians, to monitor their children and wards online and prevent them from coming to any harm, during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
We shall bring you these tips, in subsequent publications on this platform.