- By Sam George
- Published 11/24/2007
Sam George is the Executive Director of PARIVAR International - a non-profit initiative to address the needs of youth and families of Asian Indian origin in North America and to the Asian Indian community worldwide. Parivar means family in many Indian languages. Sam George also serves as one of the founding directors of Urban India Ministries
www.UrbanIndia.org Sam George and his wife, Mary have spoken at premarital and family events in many countries. They are parents of two boys and make their home in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Sam is the author of the book “Understanding the Coconut Generation: Ministry to the Americanized Asian Indians." Check out this website www.CoconutGeneration.com Coconut (brown on the outside, white on the inside) is a metaphor for the Americanized Asian Indians. Sam George can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
A 13-year old girl in Missouri committed suicide after being harassed over popular social networking site MySpace. The city has outlawed electonic media harassment as a crime. But it turns out that the online friend was fictitious person! Read the report in Houston Chronicles, LA Times, and ABC News.
Internet hoax, cyberbullying, virtual blackmails etc are new problems of the new world. Can online relationships be held to same standards as real ones? What if it was her depression that led to suicide? Can online chat lead people to extreme step of taking their own lives?
Many are forging relationships quickly over social networking sites. Many are quickly breaking up also. Does virtual break ups hurts as much as real life ones? Are kids learning more about relationships virtually or are they destroying themselves? How do we balance between virtual and real world?