Things parents need to keep in mind for their children to learn online safely

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Students of Minh Dao Primary School, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City with their parents study online on the evening of February 2 – Photo: NHU HUNG

Using the phone: Do not charge and study at the same time

Dr. Phung Anh Tuan, Head of Electrical and Electronic Equipment Department, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, shared that one of the top notes when using smartphones (smartphones) to study online is to study while plugging in the charger.

If the phone’s battery is at a low voltage, the power part will then do both charging and powering the device at the same time. If the battery is full, the power part does not charge the battery but switches to “feed” for some parts such as screen, processor, etc.

In both situations, the components in the phone are subjected to intense work. Especially with long and “consuming” tasks such as online learning, the device will generate a lot of heat and continuously for a considerable time. The battery may swell or even explode if overpowered.

In addition to the risk from the device side, there is also the risk from the charger side. Many chargers are not specifically designed to both power the battery and keep the phone running, increasing the risk of fire. Not to mention some poor quality chargers are also potentially dangerous.

According to Mr. Tuan, parents should actively charge phones in particular and digital devices in general before their children enter the classroom. Besides, it is necessary to pay attention to replace the battery when there is a “bottle” sign. Usually the life of the battery is 18-20 months. Therefore, parents need to pay attention to replace it according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Teach children to be careful with electrical appliances

According to the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), parents need to keep some notes on electrical safety when their children study and live at home during social distancing.

In particular, with young children, parents need to educate some principles such as not to touch broken or exposed wires. Children are not allowed to stick their fingers or sticks, poke into electrical outlets and absolutely do not touch any power tools when their hands are still wet.

In addition, children should not use any electrical equipment or unplug the power plug without adult permission. Do not take electrical cords and electrical equipment as toys.

In case electric appliances fall into water, do not touch them but immediately notify an adult. If other items fall on electrical equipment, do not try to remove it yourself.

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Many safety risks need to be paid attention to when children learn online – Photo: THE GUARDIAN

Beware of strange links and dialog boxes

Mr. Truong Van Cuong, Head of Cyber ​​Security Department of Athena Cyber ​​Security and Administration Training Center, said that information security is also a remarkable thing when learning online.

Currently, some online classes are being managed quite simply, as long as there is a link or password to Zoom, Google Meets, etc., you can log in. This makes it easy for strangers to enter the classroom to disrupt or release offensive images and statements.

A number of similar incidents in many countries have left a psychological impact on young students, even some of them are afraid of online learning.

Therefore, according to Mr. Cuong, teachers and learners need to have a sense of protecting the “virtual classroom”. Teachers should carefully instruct young students not to give the link to the class for unrelated people.

Many kids learning online are using their parents’ devices, so it’s also important to take care to avoid losing parents’ data. In some cases, when children are studying, bad guys can send strange links for them to click that can bring viruses to their computers.

There are also cases where the screen appears quite “related” dialogs asking the user to enter information, such as registering to receive textbooks, reference books, etc. If you fill in the above requirements, sometimes will lose important information such as account, pin code to parents’ banking applications.

A guide to hazards

Mr. Truong Van Cuong said that parents should spend more time paying attention or studying with their children for a few sessions to educate about the risks. In addition, parents should also equip themselves with knowledge about the risks arising in the virtual environment to accompany their children.


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