Former head of GCHQ (a British Intelligence and Security organisation), Robert Hannigan believes that parents should encourage their children to spend more time online. He claims that this will help to ‘save the country’.
By spending more time online, children will explore the digital world like ‘engineers’ and have a better understanding of technology, according to Hannigan.
He also argues that parents should encourage their children to spend the same amount of time online, as engaging in physical activities.
Earlier this year, the Children’s Commissioner (a non-executive department that promotes the rights, views and interests in children’s policies) gave a warning that kids’ time online should decrease as it has the same effect as ‘junk food’.
However, Hannigan dismissed this warning. He has declared that England is ‘desperately’ short of computer scientists and engineers, and by parents encouraging their children to spend more time online; kids can develop a positive relationship with technology.
What I think
I feel that children should explore the world both physically and digitally. I agree that by spending more time online we can develop better cyber skills. However, I feel that there are better ways in achieving this such as courses that specialise in cyber skills.
It’ s not often that we, children and teens, hear adults telling us to spend more time online. It’s always the opposite as we’re screamed at by the older generation to get off our phones or computers since they claim it’s the bane of their existence.
What do you think? Please comment below.