In this social media age, children as young as five are able to fully operate almost all the gadgets ranging from mobiles to laptops and tablets. In fact, studies show that by the age of 10, many have social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
However, a school in Chennai named Srimathi Sundaravalli Memorial School demands all its students to not have any profiles on social networking websites.
Twitter user Anand Sethuraman tweeted the school form where it asks parents to confirm that their children do not have any account on social networking websites and will not have in the future till he/she leaves the school.
“From now on, this is how it’s going to be?” writes Sethuraman.
Ohh well… Inime ipdi thana!?? pic.twitter.com/dA2X26whQA
— Anand Sethuraman (@AnandTheJamist) May 26, 2016
The move drew mixed reactions on social media with some appreciating the step for children’s safety and some condemning it calling it orthodox.
@AnandTheJamist, Fair enough, I guess. Anyway, they are meant for only 18+ people.
— Sai Shyam G (@SaiShyamG) May 26, 2016
— Ram (@KuttiJetti) May 26, 2016
— Kunthavi (@Kunthavi5) May 26, 2016
Although child counselors suggest that children should not access social networking websites before the minimum age limit, which varies from 13-18 years, but many kids find their way to social media by mentioning false birth year.