Okay for teenagers to have their personal computers or not: is it shaping how American Youth is?
I think that teenagers should not have the privilege of having their own personal PC. It can turn out pretty bad for the teenagers and their family. For instance, there have been stories that Myspace has freely opened teenagers to cyber bullies and to have a chance to meet people that they have never met before. Honestly, how many parents know what kind of people their own daughter or son hangs out with? I don’t think any barely do. If they do, they should’ve been able to avoid getting their children bullied online that can sometimes even lead to suicide.
Another thing that we should consider is that there are numerous wicked websites that are exceedingly abnormal to the eyes of the Americans. But what if someone tells you that your son or daughter visits one of these wicked websites? I have friends who have been led into the concept of being slim by starving, anorexic, through stories available online on their personal computers. Teenagers basically have freedom to learn or learn how to do anything they want by simply clicking. Teenagers are led to a society where they can type in “How to” into Google or Youtube search engine and even learn how to hack a website or someone’s account if they desire to. To know that teenagers have access to anything that they want by combination of these two technologies (personal computer and internet) can be very upsetting to many people and parents. But what can be done? Nothing can stop the development of the internet itself. However we should be concerned about teenagers having these accesses through their computers. Perhaps, teenager suicidal rate and the number of anorexic teenagers will decrease if there was bit of supervision on teenagers usage of personal computer by their parents.
Not only have they had access to learning how to do things, but they have also been introduced to the world of pornographics. Today, teenagers do not live in a society where they have to show their I.D. in the bookstore to buy a playboy magazine or to rent adult movies. There are bazillions of free pornographic websites that are offered to anyone that seeks out for it. So if the teenagers have their own personal computers, are they not tempted to watch it? I mean, it is by human nature that all guys like to see girls naked and to see them do something sexual related. (Unless they are gay) So are the parents aware of the teenagers having access to pornography by just clicking and typing into their own personal computers? Do parents believe that other kids might do it but my son or daughter won’t watch that kind of stuff? Then why do we have so many teenager pregnancies, rape, and teenagers attempting to try pointless things that they have seen online.
Even though, the parents take away the privilege of a personal computer from their teenagers; there are plenty of ways that allows teenagers to access the internet. For example, there are things called Smartphones, iTouch, iPhone, and all kinds of high tech electronic gadgets. We live in a society, where I can just wake up in the middle of the night and turn on my iTouch to get on the Safari to watch some Starcraft matches whenever I want to. Better yet, our technology is so high that one can access the internet wherever they are with their iPhone.
So what do I have to say about this ongoing problem? Well, I think that it can’t be stopped with our technology constantly developing. It can be alleviated by parents carefully supervising their children when they are on the computer. But honestly, how many parents really got the time to check upon everything that their teenagers do on their personal computers? It just can’t be stopped. I believe that this ongoing problem has shaped how American youth is and represented to our society. I strongly feel that this ongoing problem will one day strike us really hard as a rising problem globally like global warming.