"Children, right from the age of 1-2 years, start fiddling with these gadgets which belong to their parents and other family members. It will be good if they have some basic knowledge of the terms associated with these gadgets," said Soni, who wrote his first book on computers in 1996.
"Things have changed over the years. Earlier, students were introduced to MS Word in Class 9 or 10. Now, they are taught this in Class 3," he said.
Having written nearly 100 books on computer education, software and technologies, Soni said it was important to provide the right education to children in this regard. "I got into writing books on computer education because I was myself not satisfied with the kind of books available for students a few years back. I started writing these books for school students as well as the general public," said Soni, who has also received the distinguished author award by the Federation of Educational Publishers in India (FEPI). Conducting regular workshops and sessions in schools and institutions across India, Soni said it was not only students but also teachers who need to be updated about the latest things in the technological and cyber fields. "To know about cyber security and the crimes related to it is very important for everyone, especially students. The awareness in the younger generation is not there regarding the use and misuse of cyber technology and they can be vulnerable," he said. One of his latest books "Gateway to Windows" warns youngsters about cyber crimes and other threats. Soni also has a Facebook page tiled 'Cyber Shield'. "These books help youngsters know how to be cautious about the internet. Even using a pen drive or opening one's email on a public computer in cyber cafes can be dangerous as data can easily be copied," said Soni, who is a certified cyber security expert from the US. "The only solution to cyber crime is awareness and students should be told about this, given the fact that they have easy access to internet and technology these days," he said.
Soni's 29-year-old nephew, Sahil, too is in a related field. He creates, designs and maintains websites and apps. Sahil has created and designed over 100 websites so far. Soni's books deal with technology and software.
"The focus is on children and youth. The books are based on the syllabus of CBSE, ICSE and other state boards. A number of schools across India are using books written by me to teach students all about computers and related technology," he said.