Unbanning PUBG in Pakistan.
Unbanning PUBG in Pakistan.
COVID has changed our lives in more than one way. We have never been confined to our rooms, houses and localities for this long ever in our lives. We cannot arrange meetups with friends, host, or go to parties, we cannot even dine out with friends or family during this pandemic. Education, infotainment, and entertainment have been reshaped by COVID. Most people, including children, are finding refuge and indulging in online activities like PUBG and TikTok more than ever before. It is their outing, their meetup with friends, it is their digital party-zone, their everything.
Now, in a not so well thought out move, PTA has recently decided to ban PUBG in Pakistan.
Yes, we understand people spend too much time on it, yes we understand it is not good for their mental health, if your over-indulge in it, but the game itself is not harmful and damaging. Yes, it is addictive, but that is a compliment, it is addictive because it is so very interesting. There is nothing wrong with the GAME. There are more violent games around, so violence is not your defense to ban PUBG alone. If it was a crackdown against ALL VIOLENT GAMES, MOVIES, DRAMAS, we would've understood.
We call water LIFE, but what if you drink too much water, you get water toxemia and can eventually die. Do we blame water and stop drinking it altogether if someone dies of water poisoning? No, it is the individual's fault or of the guardians if the individual who caused himself harm is a juvenile.
Now if your son or your daughter plays PUBG all day, that is failed parenting, you are responsible for ensuring the well being of your kid, restrict screen time of all sort, including PUBG. Whining about it on Facebook makes and calling for a ban doesn't make you a smarter parent. You doing something that is in the interest of your kid will.
Why should you ask for a ban and deprive a child who only plays PUBG for an hour or two after he has fulfilled all his duties? Similarly, I know of people who play the game as a stress-busting every night with friends for a couple of rounds after a long, tiring and stressful workday. Why withdraw this joy that look forward to all day because some people failed as parents or individuals?
What we need to do is step-up as parents and get rid of those rigid, failed, "might is right" parenting techniques. We need to befriend our kids, educate them, give them alternatives, set routines and timetables for them and then stick to them.
COVID is a difficult time for everyone let's make it easier for everyone, and allow people the freedom to chose what they do to entertain themselves without breaking the law and causing anyone else any harm.