Beware social networks, monk warns Pattaya students

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Some Pattaya students were given a lesson in morality and ethics when School No. 11 welcomed a popular Buddhist teacher.

Phra Maha Sompong spoke about the problems often encountered between students using online social networks at the Aug. 11 lecture.

Phra Maha Sompong speaks about the problems often encountered between students using online social networks.
Phra Maha Sompong speaks about the problems often encountered between students using online social networks.

Principal Jirasak Jitsom organized the speech as part of the school’s Mother’s Day ceremony, which also saw pupils and staff light candles to honor HM Queen Sirikit for her 84th birthday.

In the “Children and Social Networks” lecture, Sompong spoke about the downsides of technology that heavily influences today’s youth and society.

He warned that social networks predominantly show crime, drugs and the negative side of society. However, Buddhist followers were not taught that way and regular morality and ethnics programs must take place to educate them about the downsides of online networks.

Students and residents were encouraged to turn to religion and focus on their daily lives instead of spending too much time on the internet. Also, they were encouraged to occupy themselves by playing sports, and listen to their teachers and parents.