At the start of the Movement Control Order (MCO) last year, all students in Malaysia have been ushered into a new era of digital learning.
The Ministry of Education revealed that classes taught online and at home are less effective as compared to face-to-face learning. And the Education Minister acknowledged that the change is something new not only for the students in Malaysia but for the parents and teachers as well.
However, to overcome challenges in conducting home-based learning, many teachers in Malaysia have embraced technologies such as messaging apps to support one another as well as to track the progress of their students.
Technology enables education to continue in a world still reeling with the pandemic. It relieves physical distance by allowing human communication despite isolation and social distancing. By now, kids would have come to realize that the computer is not just a means of entertainment but an important tool for education, communication, and personal growth.
According to Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky, he is encouraged and motivated with how Malaysian teachers, parents and students are adjusting to the new normal with a possible attitude, albeit the difficulties. “Kids watching videos may not necessarily be something negative, because they could be eager to learn new things such as science experiments, computer coding, and more,” he notes.
Data compiled by Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) confirmed that 42.5% of the time kids spent online in 2020, were on watching videos and listening to music. KSN also showed that kids spent 23% of their time communicating with their peers using online messaging and email services. 22% were on computer games.
While only a little portion, Kaspersky in 2020 still blocked some Malaysian kids’ attempts to visit websites related to dangerous content such as pornography (0.10%), weapons (0.06%), internet gambling (0.03%) and drugs (0.02%).
“The children of today started interacting with technology at an early age, and do not know a world without the Internet, computers and mobile devices. With the onset of the pandemic, their exposure and intertwinement of technology in their lives is now more so than ever – be it for learning or leisure. As they live in the age of the Internet, it is our responsibility to ensure that we provide a safe space for them to learn and grow, and to protect them from exposure to negative content and vices that are rampant on the Web,” he adds.