WHO OR WHAT IS LURKING ON OUR ADOLESCENTS ?
There is no way back to the old good days when the young people tried to trick their parents and teachers and smuggle a few of cigarettes in the pocket or to simply steal one kiss of their first love. The forgotten gatherings behind the school, hide and seek in the forest or consuming forbidden alcoholic drinks when the adults aren’t around is just a memory, almost like a reflection on the jurassic parc.
Those were innocent attempts to make a fun and behave as those who are already grown up. Modern age and modern teenagers do not know for archaic models of entertainment, they are lost in the digital space, they are addicted on social media and they live on adrenaline. For them, nothing is enough exciting and everything is so boring. While the parents are fighting the battles to survive tax bills and daily costs, their teens are trying to fool the boredom and to feel the risk of walking on the edge, somewhere between life and death. If you make it, you will be a living legend and a social media hero. If you do not make it…then, you will be an urban legend of stupidity.
The society is concerned about the negative influence of social networks on the youth. It is not anymore about the never-ending posting of selfies without knowing yourself or about the clips and videos that no one will really understand, it is about the dark side of the online growing up, online trending and following the all illusions of the imagined menu of being accepted in the club. It is simply about the social predators that abuse technology, absence of family support for wild teen ages and fragile young souls to project the tasks and demands that cause the final destruction.
The problem itself is not just those who could possibly endanger our teenagers by trapping them and abducting them for private or commercial misuse. The problem comes directly from teen groups that could freely endanger individuals among them or turn that individual into the victim. We know what has happened to isolated and condemned teenagers that have committed suicide after they have been for months terrorized by the school colleges on the social media. Not to mention what young people are doing to become popular, some expose their bodies or pose by the animals they killed just for fun. That is a pure evidence of sadism, the seed of future psychopath. So, in this case when we talk about the adolescents, we must count on both factors of disturbance: internal: that comes from teens personally and external, that comes from other subjects, potential abusers.
In 2016, the world has been shocked after the spanish media coverage of the new teen form of having a social fun. The name of the game is SEX ROULETTE, a hazardous new game that occurs on the teenager’s parties. The point of the game is that youngs have unprotected sexual orgies with each others but no one is aware who is HIV carrier among them. Those sexual gatherings have taken a place in Barcelona, Spain and the spanish public has tried all to stop this notorious and bizarre teen ideas. The organizer of the party is inviting the secret HIV carrier but other guests aren’t informed who is that person. After consuming alcohol and drugs, the sexual relations get new color, the taste of risk. They have sex with each others but none there is sure whats happening after that night. Maybe it is a first chapter of AIDS book, maybe it is a luck and simply nothing bad happens.
According to the French radio channel Equinox, there are different types of those parties but the goal is the same- boosting of adrenaline:”The trend, which is apparently practised by people of all sexualities, echoes the equally contentious ‘bugchasing’ movement; where gay men actively pursue the virus for sexual pleasure. This time, however, the rules are more open. For example, while some of these orgies are exclusive only to HIV carriers, others ‘offer blue tablets’ that are supposed to prevent the contraction of the virus. These are non-prescription drugs in Spain and therefore bought on the black market.”
The Spanish doctors are warning that this trend among adolescents can only make things worse because Barcelona’s Hospital Clinic is already treating around 100 HIV carriers a day. With the sex roulette, the city is having a hot issue with the rise of other sexually transmitted diseases: hepatitis C, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. Add to this a fact that Barcelona is a tourist destination, it is to be expected that AIDS and other sexually generated illnesses find very safe journey to the other places, around this globe. The most terrifying is indifference of young Spanish people about being infected by some of the dangerous disease like AIDS is. In the category 15-25-year-olds, 24% are not afraid of the virus. The psychotherapist explains it with the deeper mental problems and soul despair that is powerless to express itself in other way than in controversial and shocking:“Going to sex roulette parties is about the risk, partygoers think the higher the risk, the stronger the thrill.” Among those young people are those who are forgotten and those who are over rated as popular. The first category is trying to fit into the chain of ridiculous situations and the second category is actually the one which is creating the chaos because boredom is not allowed.
The responsibility lies on the busy life we lead. As parents, we do not have many choices but to accept that system has own modus operandi of growing up for our beloved children but that doesn’t mean that we do not need to control the grabbing hands of that system and lucrative nature of the content it offers. Unfortunately, the family cell is destroyed and that is the base of chaotic social schemas we are witnessing nowadays.
The Spanish teenagers are not alone on the road of self-destruction.The Russian youth is also stuck in horrific games that take innocent lives. Have you ever heard of the Blue Whale social movement that encourages teens to commit suicide ? Russia is already known as a country with the highest rate of suicide in the world and rise of such a movement among the youth is sign of the real problem: timeless depression that is rooted in Russian society for years. Just in March 2017, the Blue Whale Wave is linked with 130 teens deaths in Russia and the concern is that will be spread around the Planet very easy.
Bloomberg writes that the name originates from the song Siniy Kit (Blue Whale) of a Russian rock band Lumen:“Why scream / When no one hears / What we’re talking about? And it features a ‘huge blue whale’ that ‘can’t break through the net.’ ” Teens who are damaged by depression, lack of family comfort and social acceptance, usually age 10-14 are hooked into the online universe of secret hashtags and codes that attract them into the darkness. When they get into the net, they can’t go out and they must follow the sinister instruction of the game, created by sick sociopaths and game modellers. They usually have up to 50 tasks to fulfil on their preparation for death. They learn how to hurt themselves and how to contemplate their own suicide. The children that do not want to keep playing the game receive the threats that their parents will be killed and they are forced sometimes to go to the end. One teenager has written:”Sense is lost.End”
One teenage girl who has escaped the online cult, explained to the police that all has started with the social media network ‘Vkontakte’, after you are in, you are given the tasks by the main administrator. It seems we are talking about the cult that promotes the death to teenagers convincing them that there is nothing left for them because they are children of dead generations. However, the russian law enforcement authorities have taken this problem seriously and in June 10, they detected and arrested the mastermind of this sick online movement. Ilya Sidorov is 26 years old and he is a postman with the hidden face of evil. He abused the vulnerability of the youngsters and caused their deaths by arranging the self-destructive tasks and promoting the trend of being in the last cult on the world, forgotten one. Unfortunately, the similar kinds of groups are being reported in the USA and in Europe too. The teenagers are so fragile to be taken by the invisible forces of the Internet that family and friends of potential victims must pay a severe attention. This is a vile world and the mistakes are expensive.
The children may break the rules or have their own way but all they want is communication and feedback. They want to be heard and they want to be seen by their families. They are not the property to be equipped with the ultra-modern technology and luxour clothes. They are human beings that need to be cherished, loved and protected from those who failed to get that, long time ago, by their families.
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