Juvenile escapees from Apna Ghar, arrested for theft, have revealed that they contacted their accomplices from outside the campus using Facebook on mobile phone provided by the caretaker. Whether the caretaker handed his cell phone in good faith, or his action was motivated, is another question. The fact remains that the juveniles used mobile phone to contact gangsters outside, sent messages via Facebook to get external assistance, and help escape.
The cyber age culture has placed younger generation in the fast lane, often leaving even the adult cell user dumbfounded by their antics to quickly circumvent passwords and break into email accounts. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s plan to introduce Tablets to all students of class VI and VII, in keeping with the pace of technology therefore needs careful monitoring of users. He said that students ought to use them for constructive purpose, and refrain from visiting pornographic sites. His statements are correct to a T, but are these guidelines/suggestions enough? How can actions of these students be monitored?
In the wake of growing electronic culture, with kids bombarded with a variety of gadgets, gizmos et al on all sides, there’s an added safeguard that ought to be raised to ward off the technology threat posed to traditional values and lifestyle. There have been instances where a child from St Estevam who was frequently on his cellphone, used the gadget to establish a network of friends, eventually leading to suicide. There have been umpteen instances where kids’ details have been down loaded from Facebook accounts, used the personal details available on the net to approach the victim masquerading as friends of family, only to be exploited. Similar cases abound where such sites have been used to defame individuals by uploading sensitive material.
In the wake of such instances, should Goan kids be exposed to notebooks?
True, technology is changing by the hour, and there’s a need to keep up with the pace. But, how can a tab be maintained on misuse of Tablets/notebooks by children? With parents often abdicating their role of good parenting, abandoning their kids leaving them to the mercy of television and computers in quest to earn and give a ‘better future for their kids,’ teachers as well as religious leaders leading an indiscipline lifestyle, TV broadcast laced with violence, sex and drugs, emerge as the dominant factor influencing kids. This does not augur well for the young generation. Worse, there’s an overpowering influence of ‘anything’ goes, with an ‘its ok if I do it, because everybody is doing it’ attitude.
The US government spent millions of dollars on creating a police force to maintain law and order, which in turn was again upgraded to ‘super cops’ by selecting the best from the force. Both were constituted to maintain order. Experts point out that if only 10 per cent of the US spending on police was spent on moral education of US kids, there would not have been the need to spend millions of dollars on police forces, one force bettering the other. Morality, as an integral part of upbringing, would have led to churning out better citizens, who would be in control of their own lives, rather than allowing police force to control them.
Is Goa ready to welcome the technology for the young minds at its own peril? There’s a need to create an atmosphere of all things positive. Else, Goa will head downwards. First comes moral degradation; the next environmental degradation. We have almost achieved the second.