THINK BE­FORE WE CLICK

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Com­puter May ka­mao sa Face­book, As­in­tado sa Twit­ter, Nam­babasag ng mga litrato, At madalas ma­ni­pang mga ko­mento. Urong na­man ang bayag.

-- I read this poem from a col­lec­tion pub­lished in De­cem­ber 2013 at the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines. Even with wor­ries that the au­thor may sue me (note that there is nei­ther au­thor’s name nor pseu­do­nym writ­ten) I used it be­cause I be­lieve that we have the same stand over cy­ber bullies.

We live in a fast-paced, con­stantly chang­ing world where be­ing still is not rec­og­nized most of the time; and we can­not deny the fact that we some­times forget to take time to re­al­ize the things that are hap­pen­ing around us. We tend to forget that to­mor­row is a gift, and so we must not try to out­run it.

I re­mem­ber days when I was still a stu­dent: back then, I had to run to the li­brary when I needed to re­port about some­thing, I had to buy Manila paper (and write on it) for vis­ual aids, and I had to stand in front of the class to dis­cuss the sub­ject. How does a stu­dent forget the day when he cried so hard be­cause he couldn’t find book ref­er­ences for in­for­ma­tion on ichthy­ol­ogy? How is it pos­si­ble that he for­gets how aw­ful he felt when he showed his project to his class­mates be­cause his fa­ther drew a carabao that looks like a goat for his na­tional sym­bols project in Aral­ing Pan­lipunan? I can’t. I had a hard time with projects as well be­cause the near­est book store where I can buy bul­letins is, un­for­tu­nately, not-so-near. I guess these me­mories help me ap­pre­ci­ate the in­ter­net more. I can’t deny the fact that it is use­ful to me as it is to my stu­dents. Though I still pre­fer the A-for the ef­fort kind of projects, I do like the idea of read­ing printed copies with colored pic­tures at­tached. I some­times even sim­ply ask stu­dents to e-mail me their as­sign­ments. Well, not that I’m be­ing su­per techie; I just want to be ‘in’with the crowd.

As ob­vi­ous as it al­ready is, I to­tally love how the in­ter­net works for me. For us, I think. What I don’t know is how the so­cial me­dia, which is meant to make our lives bet­ter and con­nec­tions eas­ier, is ru­in­ing the fu­ture of many of our kids more ways than imag­in­able. Face­book is sup­posed to be a medium for com­mu­ni­ca­tion; not a place to di­vulge more in­for­ma­tion about your­self than nec­es­sary; Twit­ter and In­sta­gram are not de­signed to dis­play some­one else’s pho­tos as if they are yours; most es­pe­cially, the so­cial me­dia is not the proper set for dra­mas and fights. We must re­al­ize that we should not post what we can’t say per­son­ally, or write what we can’t stand for. We are in no po­si­tion to give bad com­ments if we don’t know the story (and the story be­hind it) as much as we do not have the right to judge oth­ers based on their posts.

The com­puter, as well as the in­ter­net, is cre­ated to help us de­velop and get us ready for the next years of our lives. Let us not ruin the pur­pose by be­ing ir­ra­tional and in­sen­si­tive to­wards the changes, chances and char­ac­ter around us. As cliché as it may sound, we should fol­low a TV net­work’s pro­mo­tional ad telling us that we must ‘think be­fore we click’.

The au­thor is Teacher --oOo— I at Ga­ti­awin El­e­men­tary School

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