PARAÑAQUE City, May 19, 2014—Over 30 children, between 10 and 13 years old, learn more about the dangers of online threats like sexting, among others, at the “Websites and Social Media Reflection” workshop held Saturday, May 17.
According to Sr. Amelyne Paglinawan of the Pauline Institute of Communication in Asia (PICA), when left unaddressed, issues like sexting, “get in the way of [young people’s] relationship with other people, with themselves, and with God.”
She emphasized that sexting and other issues like cyber bullying, intrusion of privacy and others pose a serious threat to the young netizens’ “moral well-being”.
To prepare and ground young people for online socializing and relationships, Paglinawan prepared an activity called “Media, Me & God”, which made the participants reflect on a vital relationship, their relationship with God.
Providing the tweens and teens with a more in-depth background on online realities, she discussed internet addiction, cyber-bullying, intrusion of privacy, online “sexualizing”, online violence, “sexting” (a combination of the words sex and text), among other important concerns.
Held at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help’s (Baclaran Church) Grogan Hall, the workshop was organized by the Baclaran Church’s Redemptorist Multimedia Staff (RMMS) as part of its volunteers’ formation/education program this summer.
It sought to educate users of social media—called “netizens”—especially the youth, on the “endless potential harms” they can be easily exposed to with just the “click of a mouse”. (Raymond A. Sebastián)