It’s important to monitor kids’ use of Internet, say experts

They face risk of exposure to explicit content Shruti Sharma, a Bengaluru resident, remembers with horror how her neighbour’s child, once clicked on a suspicious link while operating his mother’s laptop. Following this, the computer was hacked. Explicit photos of the parents were released online, putting them in an embarrassing situation. “This wouldn’t have happened […]

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Routines changed, autistic kids badly affected by the pandemic

Could not attend online classes for varied reasons Devik Bhanushali, 17, was happy with his daily routine: Waking up every morning, going to school, learning new things, coming back, playing video games, solving a Sudoku with his evening tea and then going to sleep. That was his life for some years now; but two years ago,  […]

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Most govt schools are unfriendly to PwDs

No one cares to maintain CWSN toilets Most government schools in Bengaluru lack PWD aids that can be used by persons with disabilities (PwDs). Section 16 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act says all educational institutions are to construct buildings, campuses and other facilities accessible to children with disabilities. The Observer visited GKMM […]

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Children now love unconventional dolls

Attracted to new  toys, like those with disabilities  In recent years, children’s toys have become more inclusive. Experts and parents believe this is a step towards acceptance and body positivity. In 2020, toy manufacturer Mattel, released a new Barbie Fashionista line that included Barbie dolls with disabilities, prosthetic limbs and skin conditions like vitiligo. The vitiligo […]

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Sex education should include consent, harassment, sexuality

Since sex education remains a taboo in homes and schools, students seek information from their friends and the Web. Aviral Aggarwal, a mechanical engineering student, said chapters related to sexual reproduction were skipped in his school. “Our teachers didn’t teach us those chapters saying that ‘there is nothing to teach in this’.” They were told […]

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Basic computer knowledge is still Greek to many school students

Officials unsure how NEP plan will be enforced By Simran Sharma A student raised his hand, gathering courage amid blank faces, when the teacher asked if anyone knew anything about coding, C++, Java or HTML. “CPU” is the answer the class 8 student of a Government Urdu Higher Secondary School gave. Harsha Kashyap, a class […]

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Omicron fear makes parents reluctant to send their children to school

Fear of an emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid in Bengaluru, parents are reluctant to send their children to school. For their part, schools are waiting for government orders. Hemu R, a parent whose child studies in class 9, informed The Observer: “It is very scary for me to send my girl to school […]

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Concepts of financial literacy missing from our curriculum

Financial literacy doesn’t find a place in school curriculums; parents teach their children the basic concepts on their own. Gauri Gupta, an M.Sc. student who had studied economics in school, shared: “What we studied was just from the examination point of view. There were some big topics regarding the economy of the nation, but I […]

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Strong parasocial ties leave fans shattered after death of celebs

These demises are a personal loss to admirers Dhruv Yadav, a man in his late twenties, did not eat for three days after his favourite actor passed away. The sudden death of Puneeth Rajkumar caused him to feel empty from within. Yadav, who never met the actor, felt as if a loved one had departed. […]

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