The many bane­sof in­ter­net

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It’s hard to be­lieve that the in­ter­net, which we are all aw­fully re­liant on these days, have caused count­less per­ils as much as it has given us con­ve­niences in our daily ac­tiv­i­ties. Through the rise of the so-called world wide web and the so­cial me­dia, we can eas­ily com­mu­ni­cate with friends and loved ones de­spite the dis­tance that phys­i­cally sep­a­rates us. At the same time, the many ben­e­fits of be­ing on­line has been felt in the work­place as it eases trans­ac­tions and en­cour­ages col­lab­o­ra­tion among work­ers.

Un­for­tu­nately, the in­ter­net has also been bring­ing about many is­sues and con­cerns that ad­versely af­fects our lives. The most re­cent ones are the “Momo Chal­lenge” and the “Blue Whale Chal­lenge” and are be­lieved to be in­fil­trat­ing kids and teenagers through an app and Youtube as well.

Ac­cord­ing to th­easian­par­,

“the Momo Sui­cide

Chal­lenge is a game which has roots in

Ja­pan. Es­sen­tially, it all started with

Face­book group mem­bers dar­ing them­selves to con­tact an un­known num­ber.

Nowa­days, the sui­cide game is pop­u­lar on both Face­book and

What­sapp. The anony­mous per­son with the un­known num­ber, who is com­monly known as ‘Momo’, will in­struct you to en­gage in odd ac­tiv­i­ties, like wak­ing up at night or over­com­ing a fear.”

Ap­par­ently, Momo also asks chil­dren to doc­u­ment the tasks by film­ing them­selves, and gives out more dan­ger­ous ac­tiv­i­ties up to the ex­tent of chil­dren killing other peo­ple and them­selves. Par­ents who have proven that their chil­dren are vic­tims of this chal­lenge say that their chil­dren were threat­ened if they refuse to ful­fill the given tasks to them.

Here in the Philip­pines, the par­ents of the 11-year old boy who over­dosed him­self with gout medicines were shocked to find out that their son has been in­volved in such a chal­lenge, that led the young boy to killing him­self while in­side the premises of their school in Que­zon City. Sim­i­larly, here in Pam­panga, a well-known make-up artist, who ad­mit­ted to hav­ing been so “busy mak­ing money” that she for­got to spend time with her kids, has also found out that her son is also a vic­tim of the chal­lenge. Good thing, she was able to know ear­lier and pre­vented her child to do­ing more dan­ger­ous tasks.

This is why as a par­ent my­self, who is equally guilty of not hav­ing the time to su­per­vise and mon­i­tor what our kids con­sume through the in­ter­net, should be awak­ened by these sad events to do what is right for our kids. Ideally, we should limit our kids’ex­po­sure to the in­ter­net, or even elim­i­nate screen time which is even best for our chil­dren.

We cer­tainly can pre­vent these kinds of things from hap­pen­ing, and it is cer­tainly in our hands as par­ents. It is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to guide and make our chil­dren safe from all sorts of harm in this world. Let us not wait when it is too late for us to save them from all the dan­gers and neg­a­tive im­pacts of the in­ter­net.

Let us not al­low our kids to grow up with­out us at their side to con­tin­u­ously nur­ture and pro­tect them. While we are busy mak­ing ends meet, let us al­ways out in our minds that it is not only money that our kids need, but most im­por­tantly, they need our love, care, and at­ten­tion for them to be­come the best they can ever be.

WHAT would hap­pen if girls sud­denly held power in their hands? Lit­eral power, which lights up streets and skims across pud­dles of wa­ter, and trav­els in­side the bod­ies of the peo­ple these girls touch.

In Naomi Al­der­man’s “The Power,” which edi­tors of The New York Times picked as one of the 10 best books of 2017, girls wake up one day and find that a skein of elec­tric­ity rests within their col­lar­bones. With prac­tice, they learn to send elec­tro­static charges out through their hands. Some are mild and cause no more than a plea­sur­able shiver. But other girls soon dis­cover they can send charges pow­er­ful enough to kill. They also learn that they can awaken the same power in older women.

You can imag­ine the trou­ble that en­sues.

Some girls get into street fights and in­vent names for those who won’t use their power to de­fend them­selves. “Flat bat­tery” is among the milder ones. Some glee­fully sink into crime. But the same power al­lows oth­ers to per­form feats: some break free of hu­man traf­fick­ing and pros­ti­tu­tion rings, while oth­ers seize po­lit­i­cal power as rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies

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