Becoming inclusive

Recently the Capable Kids Foundation collaborated with Hidalgo County to produce more inclusive parks for individuals with disabilities. As a member of the Valley, I hope this decision is an amazing improvement for our community.

Being physically productive is highly suggested in order to live a healthy lifestyle. Today, nearly everyone relies on devices for entertainment. An inclusive park will give young people with disabilities the option to be active with others in their community. A park designed to provide refuge is a great way for kids and parents to enjoy themselves and be safe.

The outcome will improve their physical strength and mobility. This will better their personal life on a daily basis, which will help them be closer to independent.

As a mother, I understand why parents fear to be starred and feel judged. The more we endorse and support others in our community who struggle with disabilities, the more it will be recognized. Therefore, people will have a chance to learn that individuals with disabilities are ordinary.

Not only will the support benefit parents, but also the kids as a great opportunity for children in the community to network with their peers.

It will ultimately better the lives of everyone.

I believe this will change the lives of individuals and help acknowledge them as being capable of anything and overall bring the community closer.

Marcelina Dorsett, McAllen


Online dangers

When it comes to social media there’s always going to be some sort of harassment. There are still ways to keep young kids safe.

As technology advances more kids are likely to have a social media account and are more likely to be exposed to harassment.

Cyberbullying is also a problem to young teens with questionable self-esteem. It can lead to mental health problems and possible suicide.

Besides cyberbullying there are scammers on the internet trying to steal people’s information. Young kids using the internet can be easily deceived by them, as they are new to the dangers of social media. As they are young they are unaware of their actions that can lead to consequences.

Of course that shouldn’t mean they can’t still enjoy it.

Parents have a responsibility to teach them about the dangers of strangers online. When it comes to young teens it’s important to talk with them every day. Let them know that they matter and help bring their self-esteem up, especially at this age when they are more vulnerable and self-conscious about their image.

Let kids know that strangers online aren’t always friends. They can find your location if you don’t give it to them and harm or steal from your family.

It’s important to teach our kids the values of self-love and awareness about strangers they meet online and not everything they say is true.

Jessenia Montoya, Hidalgo


Can video games lead to violence?

A recent newspaper article spoke about violent video games being linked to gun violence. While they had a valid thesis for their studies, it’s too hard to jump to the conclusion that video games cause gun violence due to the inconsistencies and social norms.

In some cases people will argue that video games help relieve stress.

I think video games are a strong influence on young children and one solution would be to make gaming companies strictly enforce the rule that doesn’t allow young children to buy a game that is clearly rated “M” for mature. Too many times I have seen young children buy an “M” rated game without a parent or guardian present, even though it says you need to be 18 or older, or have a parent or guardian with you. Many people are too lenient with this rule.

I agree that at times video games can make a person more aggressive. The idea that a person would shoot up the vicinity at random is not guaranteed even though the theory suggests so. The worst-case scenario would be a broken TV or a broken controller.

One example of this is my friend who was getting mad during a game and he ended up throwing his control across the room and the control broke. There was a different time when he was teeming with anger and we started playing a game, and by the time we realized it he didn’t even remember why he was mad in the first place.

I believe that video games can be used to help people relieve stress, but I agree that sometimes they can cause minor cases of violence.

Nicholas Aguilar, Pharr

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