A fourteen year old boy
jumped off the roof of his building, courtesy to a suicide game he was playing. Yes, you read that correct, a suicide game. The game demands 50 unique dares, the last one being attempting suicide.
You must be wondering why would a sane mind do that? Well, it won’t but we are talking about troubled children here, and with children it’s always hard to say.
Now I’m not here to play the blame game, ’cause that’s a horrible thing to do.
I’m just trying to point out some seemingly not-so-important mistakes by parents (not all, of course) these days.
You might be thinking who am I to say that? I’m not even a parent yet.
But I’m an elder sister to many, so may be I do get to say something. Don’t I?
Parents love their kids, and that’s an obvious thing to say, I know. But love should be bound with some rules and regulations that we have been following since time immemorial.
Just as love turning into obsession is not good for the people we care about, love that keeps us sans logic, is not the correct thing to do either.
When Parents give away smartphones to their kids to please them, it comes with a lot other unspoken freedoms. They sign up for facebook, and similar other social networking platforms. They engage into conversations with strangers, something that parents have always prohibited for their children .
“Don’t talk to a stranger!” It sounds a little counterintuitive now, doesn’t it?
There’s no harm in letting your kids play games on your phone under your supervision.
But does it seem right for a child in fifth standard to own a mobile phone?
Is it right to allow technology to shape and mould children’s personalities? No matter how strong a grip technology has over our lives these days, shouldn’t we be a little more cautious and responsible when it comes to the children, the future of our civilisation?
So may be instead of handing out phones for them to play, can’t we gift them bats, balls, rackets and skateboards? Yeah, they might come home with cuts and scratches, but they would lead a healthier life in the midst of Nature, right?
I know I’ve only stated the obvious. But I had to.
Thanks for reading!