When it comes to snooping on children, Indore parents have left folks in other states miles behind, a recent survey by the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) states.
The TCS GenY Survey 2014-15 data, which were made public a few days back, covered as many as 12,365 teenage students in 1,739 schools across 14 cities in the country.
Tipped as “one of the most comprehensive school-level studies of this scale in India”, the survey was aimed at “getting a pulse of the digital habits of school students from class 8-12 and also to capture the changing trends of the youth across the nation with a focus on technology”.
As per the survey, the percentage of students who thought their parents monitored their activities on social networking sites stands at 58.9.
The other cities close to Indore where students underlined the similar behaviour include Kochi (58.2% students), Lucknow (54.2) and Ahmedabad (54.1).
Among the students who reported snooping, girls outnumbered the boys with 60.4% as against 58.3%.
However, when it comes to having access to their children’s accounts on social networking sites, Indore parents came at a distant 7 with 52.1% children reporting this particular behaviour of their parents during the survey.
The other cities where more parents had access to their children’s accounts include Mumbai (58%), Delhi (57.7), Pune (57.1), Ahmedabad (56.9), Bhubneshwar (55.1) and Hyderabad (53.6).
Coordinator of Indore Parents Association Anurodh Jain justifies parents snooping. “The Internet is a vast pool of materials of all kinds. The children don’t know what is right and what is wrong. There have been instances about the boys and girls being cajoled into wrongdoings. There have been instances of suicides too. Hence, a prudent check on them was a must till they grow up and are independent.”
Noted writer Swati Tiwari said that she didn’t believe Indore will come at the top of this list as a large number of parents was not acquainted with social networking sites.
However, she said children of a certain age always look for privacy.
“For example, if a parent would keep a watch on them for their activities on Facebook they would switch over to some other site or Whatsapp,” she said.
She further added that children couldn’t be left alone in the web. Hence, the best practice would be to pursue the boys and girls to include their parents in their friends’ lists.
Retired chief engineer Public Work Department (PWD) SC Garg from Indore said in his view such surveys are close to truth.