Young People, New Media

Gone are the days when children used to watch substantial and educational TV shows such as Sine Eskwela, Hiraya Manawari, Bayani, Math-tinik, and Epol-Apple. These intellectual-appealing shows should be brought back to the mainstream to instill proper knowledge to the youth. I feel so disheartened that today’s youth are either “half-baked” or worse, knows almost nothing when it comes to our very own history, diversed indigenous culture, current socio-political events, and all other subjects that are being taught at school. The youth nowadays is technology-oriented, which creates the notion that everything can be had at the click of a mouse or the push of a button. Values developed by hard work have waned.

Gone are the days when children go home sweaty because of playing outdoor games such as patintero, tumbang preso, piko, tagu-taguan, and chinese garter. Nowadays, youngsters are so much inclined with interactive games and all other digital stuff.  Today’s youth tend to value material things more. They are quick to demand freedom and their human rights, while the older generation centered more on moral values, good manners and respect for others.  Yesterday, a man’s dignity was worth more than wealth in his life. Today’s young generation is living in a vicious cycle of pleasure, living life at the expense of dignity.

Gone are the days when children fear their parents after hearing their names being called for the third time. I’ve had my share of getting lashes on my legs from being whipped with a broom of committing such offense. Nowadays, sasagot pa ng pabalang sa mga magulang kapag nautusan. Nowadays, a lot of youngsters are affected by peer pressure, the misguidance of parents, and family crises, leading to their inappropriate behavior. The youth of older generations were diligent and family-oriented; now, a lot of the old values have been destroyed.

What the hell happened to the digital-aged youth or so-called millenials? Is this the kind and the quality of youth that we can call and be proud of as “pag-asa ng bayan?” As you see it, how are the values of today’s youth different from those of the older generation? 

I can see and feel that the values that should be instilled at an early stage in these precious minds are slowly deteriorating and nearing its death. As parents, what must we do to relive, rekindle, and revive those days? What should the MEDIA do to properly play their part? Their values are slowly sinking in the mud. However a lot of these can be prevented if, and only if,  we are aware of what’s happening in our society. We have to keep in mind that values never change but people do.  To practice rather than preach also minimizes the risk of teenage rebellion. Fundamentally, (as parents), it is our duty and responsibility (as parents) to instill in children a respect for authority and a sense of obligation to comply with social rules–by which children learn character and morality.