KOTA BARU: The younger generation is now hooked on `digital drug’ as studies have shown that they spend up to eight hours daily surfing the Internet.
Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) senior vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the revelation was based on the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)’s research conducted last year.
“Study also showed that about 93.1 per cent of users accessed the Internet using smart phones and this caused many of them to become addicted and caused some of them to suffer from physical and mental illness.
“They were also exposed to cyber threats, such as online scams, cyber bullying and identity theft which caused them to suffer huge losses and also led to a tendency of them harming others,” he said after closing the state-level Crime Prevention Programme Among Youths, here, today.
He said the situation was bound to become more serious if parents did not monitor Internet addiction among their children.
“To solve this problem, MCPF will print some 100,000 copies of guidebooks and distribute them to schoolchildren and students at higher learning institutions.
“This book titled ‘Awas Media Sosial dan Permainan Dalam Talian’ is to educate members of the public, especially teenagers and schoolchildren, on the dangers of Internet addiction,” he said.