Change in procedure to adopt has couples, agencies worried

Power to issue orders goes to magistrates Parents in Bengaluru are anxious as new adoption rules are making them wait longer to adopt a child. According to a report in The Hindu, The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2021, which gives District Magistrates the authority to issue adoption orders, was approved […]

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Social media influence the eating habits of young people

Most people do not notice the impact People tend to overlook the huge impact of social media on the lifestyle and eating habits of young people. According to Statista, over 4.26 billion people used social media worldwide in 2021. That number is estimated to increase to 6 billion in 2027. Dr Anurag Sharma, a nutritionist, […]

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Most children living in slums drop out of school, do odd jobs

Girls found to study only up to class 3 Children in various slums of Bengaluru attend school but only a few make it to higher education. The Observer noted that most schools near slums impart education only till grade seven. Children, especially girls, find it difficult to continue their education after grade seven. Laxmibai, 24, […]

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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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