MELAKA: Parents should be role models when it comes to usage of gadgets, especially in accessing the digital world to avoid their children from using digital devices as reference for all aspects of life, said state health and anti-drug committee chairman Low Chee Leong.

He said the situation currently showed parents were spending more time accessing the Internet or playing with their smartphones compared to carrying out activities with their family, especially children.

Low said the digital habit has harmful effects on the lives of the family as it widened further the gap between family members and may lead to the breakdown of the family institution.

Many are found spending more time accessing the Internet or playing with their smartphones compared to playing with their children. -- Filepic

"The world is getting more digitalised while we focus on using the smartphone or social media.

"Parents should spend more time communicating with their children and not give them gadgets as replacement for toys," he said after flagging off the 'Run for Peace 2019' organised by Soka Gakkai Malaysia at Dewan Tun Ali field here.

Low said more than 5,000 of various races took part in the 8.3km run to promote peace.

The run which was also held nationwide simultaneously, attracted a total of 111,000 participants.

Low's response on the use of gadgets came after Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail reportedly expressed concern over people's addiction to digital devices to obtain information and communicate while ignoring the physical world surrounding them. -- Bernama

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