Monday, 18 January 2010

Internet Dad

My regular readers will know that I am a father and indeed a grandfather.

Being part of the Global Community and spending time reviewing other peoples blogs and websites, I have run across a distressing element within the internetosphere!

What I mean by this, is the large number of young people who appear to be somewhat lost.

They are unsure of themselves and often appear to have experienced unpleasantness in their home environments.

I have not been so presumptuous as to enquire the nature of their problems, but it is evident to me that they suffer considerable insecurity.

As a parent of fairly well adjusted kids, it concerns me that there are so many youngsters out there who appear to have not experienced genuine love, affection and guidance.

They come from all over the World, they are lonely, unsure of themselves and use the internet as a medium to cry out.

Hey! I'm not a social worker, but I do have first hand experience of bringing up children and supporting them when they have problems that they struggle to deal with.

Age has some benefits in this regard, since we have probably gone through some of the issues that these youngsters find difficult to deal with.

My own kids went through tough times and on occasion this involved authority, but I always made sure I was there for them.

The feeling I am getting from these young people is that they feel alone and that should not be allowed to happen.

Youth is a rite of passage and can be tough.

If I can help just one kid through this process, then I am happy to do it.

1 comment:

  1. Simon,
    I agree there are far too many "lost" children today. I don't like to place blame on this or that, but we are becoming a more self-absorbed society. We have children with no regard to their upbringing be it emotional or physical. SpongeBob and Nintendo can only do so much so to speak.

    We seem to have forgotten that children want interaction with us, the parents. They want dinner as a family, game night, family outings. They need those things along with discipline, guidance, advice and just an ear at times.

    We have become a world of humans that just don't want to be bothered with all the hard stuff that is required to raise a child. Yet, we want to yell the loudest about a lack of this or that program when said child gets into trouble. The suicide rate among the young speaks for itself.

    I commend you for your willingness to be there and try and guide a child through a difficult time.