Make wise use of internet, youth told PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 January 2012 13:54

By DOMINGO B. NATIVIDAD

“We have to be responsible.”

So said Undersecretary Leon Flores, chairman of the National Youth Commission in an interview with the radio program “Talking Points” on Tuesday at DZRB-Radyo ng Bayan.

Flores urged the youth and some youth organization to “make wise use of the Internet and the social media” and not be a case of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” – that is having two separate personalities, online and in real life.

The NYC chief admitted that the youth on social media, on some occasions, have become less respectful in their participative discussion on social issues. “Habang nagko-comment sila sa mga news items, (gumagamit sila) ng malulutong na mura (While commenting on news items, some youth are using derogatory words),” he said.

“What we are trying to ask (the youth) is to ‘Think before you click’,” Flores said. Thus, his appeal for the youth to be “authentic and respectful” on online communities which he referred to as the “bagong barangay (new barangay).”

He also asked the youth to be “critically minded” on on-hand information provided by the world wide web. “There are a lot of ‘divisionists’ right now” who take advantage of the youth’s juvenile thinking.”

“Not everything that is fed to us should be taken as gospel truth,” he said. Rather, he urged them to make wise use of technology and collaborate with other people constructively.