Tuesday, February 20, 2018

watch that ‘share’ button

The recent airing on television of a mother beating her daughter seems to have generated even more discussion within our society than the video going viral.

What is even more disturbing is the number of adults who have been re-posting and sharing the video. Far too many videos depicting minors either fighting, engaged in simulated sex acts, cursing and even quarrelling are becoming fodder for social media. 

This serves no useful purpose and generally results in discussions which further demoralise both children and their parents. This trend should be stopped outright for the following reasons:

1. Children are just that, children, who sometimes make mistakes. Further persecution via hateful words or scorching criticisms cannot be good for them.

2. Parents are sometimes labelled bad or incompetent due to the errors of their children. Sometimes they are just trying their best under difficult circumstances.  

3. Usually the discussions revolve around the same issues of scandalising the children, resulting in blame being cast on adults, teachers, parents and minors.

If we could pretend that the children in the various videos are ours, would we be so quick to click that share button?

Andy Jangeesingh

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