There Are No WordsIn a rare moment, I'm going to be perfectly serious with you guys. I'm severely pissed off right now and I need to vent.
The term Internet Addiction is thrown around WAY too loosely. It's a buzzword more than it is a diagnosis and is bandied about by ignorant people who would rather blame their children's problems on a console or computer than shoddy parenting.
It doesn't take much to be a good parent. You talk to your kids and then you listen to your kids. You spend time trying to understand what they like instead of complaining that they should like something else.
And you take responsibility for your kids.
That's it. Print it up and slap a "Parenting for Dummies" cover on it.
Instead, people send their kids off to treatment facilities or get them prescribed the latest in medical parenting.
Who needs quality time and proper nurturing when you can give your kid a pill every day?
Can kids go overboard with it? Of course they can.
THEY'RE KIDS FOR GOD'S SAKE!!!
They go overboard on everything.
It is your job as a parent to curb and manage that behavior so that it doesn't become problematic. You put down your blackberry or your remote long enough to make sure your kid isn't going psycho.
THAT'S YOUR F&%@ING JOB!
You don't ship your kids off and, in case you did not understand that, you damned well make sure the place you are sending them is going to take good care of them.
Now, you may wonder what managed to get me so angry.
It seems a young man in China was sent to a "camp" for people suffering from Internet Addiction. His parents wanted to cure him of his quote unquote addiction.
At that camp, he was beaten to death by three of the instructors.
Yes, beaten to death.
Because he ran too slow.
I wish I was making this up. I wish I had some witty punchline ready to go, but sadly, this is all too real.
One young man, someone you may have spoken with in a chatroom or in a game, was beaten to death because he wasn't what everyone else thought he should be and didn't do what they wanted him to do.
This should not happen.
THIS SHOULD NOT HAPPEN!
Are there computers in China without wires? Are there magic internet signals that come freely to every house and cannot be stopped?
TAKE THE F&%@ING COMPUTER AWAY! THROW IT IN THE GARBAGE!
Is your child suffering from Internet Addiction? Here's the solution:
IT'S CALLED A F&%@ING HAMMER!
Apply to computer externally until problem is resolved.
Or... And this is just an idea... BE A PARENT!
If you kid is using something too much, TAKE IT THE F&%@ AWAY!
It doesn't matter if they get mad. It doesn't matter if they scream and cry and say they hate you.
It doesn't matter if they actually hate you.
That's part of being a parent. You lay down the law and you suffer the consequences.
But that's your job.
Let's imagine that this young man actually DID need professional help. Let's imagine that he was so dangerously caught up in his addiction that he needed to be sent away to a camp.
WHY THE HELL IS THERE A CAMP WHERE TEACHERS BEAT THE KIDS?!
CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN THAT TO ME?
How exactly did beating the living shit out of a kid become a better plan than letting them play some video games or letting them watch Youtube all day?
I am so freaking sick and tired of dealing with a world where people can deny all responsibility for their children and then other people can justify physical violence in the name of helping.
I am saddened that this young man had to die. I am saddened that he was punished for nothing more than doing something he enjoyed.
I am saddened that this is the world we live in today.