Facebook – Indian childrens playground – Shocking!

There were days when in summer holidays we as children used to head to the grounds to play various outdoor sports. It was open, sweating and healthy activity altogether. Come 2014 it is a trend amongst school children to stick to the laptops given by their ‘generous’ parents.

They play all sorts of games and a recent survey by ASSOCHAM states 73 percent of children in the age group of 8 to 13 years are using social networking sites like Facebook. Just to remind you facebook is banned for children under 13 years. Other sites like flick.com, Google Plus, Pinterest are being used by 85 percent of children in the age group of 10-16 years. The survey was conducted under ASSOCHAM Social Development Foundation of 4200 parents of the age group 8-13 years old in tier-I and tier-II cities like Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Pune, Lucknow, Dehradun etc.

75% of the parents of 8-13 year-olds on Facebook are aware of their child for signing up for the site. Many parents initially knowingly allow their children to lie about their age on social networking site. Nearly 82% of those parents helped create the child’s account, according to the paper.  As per the findings, nearly 25% of 13-year-olds, 22% of 11-year-olds and 15% of 10-year-old are on Facebook, while 5-10% of 8 & 9 year-olds are also active on the site.

Another aspect of this survey is that children with working parents are addicted to technology more than those with one of their parents employed.Facebook claims to have 100 million users in India but with the above survey it’s difficult to predict actual legal and duplicate of fake accounts. I find this disturbing and a warning to parents with teenagers. The implications of our children getting exposed to various content on facebook will be instrumental in the habits they develop as individuals. The time that these folks must actually spend on grounds and books they are loosing it to facebook when it is illegal and prohibited. What lessons are these parents inculcating in them by showing them how to lie for ‘sharing’ your life on social networking sites?
What do you think? Happy Schooling!Amit Jadhav


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