Continue from Part One
I got into the car with the kids and started my preaching.
“Do you know what will happen if every one of our Malaysian household has broadband? Do you think the majority of the parents are even aware of the dangers of internet? Have you seen any public announcement or advertisements on how to use the internet in a safe and useful way? Does your school teach you anything about the evils of internet? NO!!!!! All we heard are the stupid advertisements to subscribe to broadband because broadband is supposed to make kids learn, get smarter, stay ahead. My foot!”
I thought of not blogging this matter because I don’t want to appear mean to poor salespersons trying to make ends meet. But then, a conversation I had today with a mother who has a son below 12 years really makes me ponder hard.
She is getting broadband because none of her son’s school friends want to come to her house because their house do not have broadband or PC. She doesn’t know what exactly is internet, broadband, computer, virus, spams…. I mentioned p0rn, gay, drug and got a blank look. I don’t even need to mention paed0phile for sure. And this woman is already literate and can read both Mandarin and English papers! What about the millions of mothers who are less literate?
In a way, I am glad that I have an edge over most parents where being ‘net smart’ is concerned. I know that my involvement in the cyberworld, through my forums, support group, parenting site, group emails and the blogs will be the tiny steps towards educating our Malaysian parents to be more IT savvy and be on guard to keep their children safe.
Where is our Gomen’s effort? Are they only interested to sell more and more broadband packages for the sake of earning money? The Gomen should educate the rakyat to ‘kenal IT’ and at the same time, ‘berjaga-jaga against laman web maksiat’. (heh, right choice of word?) But would anyone bother, that is the question…..
The day after I wrote the above, I read something in The Star Intech about parents demanding the closure of internet cafes. Oh no, not this stupid proposal again….. What do you want your kids to do? Go back to the caves? Progress is inevitable. We have to keep up. Kids have to immerse themselve into the cyberworld. Which means parents have more challenges to guide them from falling into the dark side.
In fact, I suggested to my sister to send her son to the internet cafe. Horrors, am I out of my mind? Nope. You see, these little kids are very eager to keep up with times and play online games. I asked my sister to drop these bunch of boys there for a few hours and pick them up at specific time. This way, their time is limited. Moreover, the online games they get from internet cafes are those they can’t play at home (right?).
Both my older sons had gone to internet cafes previously and after a while, they are no longer crazy to continue playing there. Once in a while, they will join their friends for a few games and that’s about it.
Whenever I start grumbling about issues like these, my son will definitely sighed. “Why don’t you go and lecture every parents you meet?”