One day I was at the mall with my cousin when she told we can access free wifi in all areas of the mall. Wow, free internet. So I grabbed my phone and started Facebook-ing. It was at that point that I realized the internet is really reaching a lot of individuals today. And honestly, I got scared at the thought. I suddenly remembered the movie Wall-E wherein the humans were very fat and didn’t know each other. Well I’m not afraid of being fat. But I imagined that in the future, children wouldn’t be able to experience the wonders of life before the internet became God.
Later on, however, I thought I shouldn’t be worried. Back when the television was just new, some predicted that most people will just sit in their couches and watch TV 24/7. But this didn’t happen. You’re thinking, maybe because of the newer technologies such as cellular phones, game boys, and play stations that their prediction didn’t come to reality.
And some of you might be thinking now, this kind of prediction can happen in the case of the internet.
Pessimists think the internet will result in economic and cultural exploitation, the death of privacy, and a decline in values and social standards.
What else can you ask for? It’s all in the internet—your type of music, your favorite games, your friends, your business, everything.
It can happen to us, yes, if we let it be. What we can do is to ensure that we teach our children same values that were taught to us by our parents. With that we can be confident that the negative effects the internet has will not affect the lives of our children.
I suddenly remembered how sad I was one time at the thought that my younger brother didn’t want to play with me anymore because he’s too busy playing Dota and chatting with his girlfriend. I know, I know, I should accept the fact that he’s a grown up already but the point is, we’re not connecting anymore. I was having my vacation at that time and it was the only chance we could catch up on things. He doesn’t know what to prioritize yet.
If we let the internet talk to our younger brothers/sisters or children all day, these pessimists could win. I know there are a lot more complicated issues regarding the internet. And I’m the last person to ask for solutions about those. But I believe, as I have said, that teaching our children the right values will protect them from the dangers of internet. It is the most crucial part in solving the internet’s issues.