You may have had the experience of going to a cyber caf? for Internet access and playing online games. Perhaps you have friends and classmates who spend hours at these cyber cafes, some even staying overnight.

Some online games are designed in reference to the physical world we live in, but with some imaginative twists. Some games contain unhealthy messages, such as phrases used by the Triad Society. Although you may find the games exciting and entertaining, the violent, law-breaking games are desensitizing you to other people's pain and death, diminishing your character and dehumanizing you.

Time and energy are precious. How much time you can afford to give to playing games? Discuss and make an agreement regarding the time allocated to playing online games and being in cyber cafes with your parents and teachers. Consider who you want to be in five or ten years. Will serious gaming or serious work and study get you there?