The Koreaboos

Neerja Singh
With easily accessible Internet, the country’s young have a new rage today, everything Korean — Korean music, Korean TV shows, Korean movie stars and Korean pop stars. While on the surface this seems like something that is bringing the world together, helping youngsters understand each other, have we stopped to think about where exactly this kind of exposure will lead our youth to?

The Witch Renaissance

Neerja Singh
The pandemic, climate disasters, political instability, economic breakdowns, nothing seems right with the world. As the older generation, we seem to be offering little or no hope or inspiration to those younger than us. These are overwhelming times to be young adults, who are seeking refuge and comfort in the unseen and unknown. Let us be aware of what our teens are up to.

The Hacker University

Neerja Singh
Cyber security and seamless protection have become critical in an era of work from home where everyone is distanced. The pressure points are too many. This article talks about the Hacker University which sells cybercrime courses designed to hack for profit and commit fraud. So how can one stay vigilant?

Playing with their future

Neerja Singh
Is video-gaming getting too addictive disrupting the lives of the young? Is the virtual world offering a sense of security and accomplishment that real life is not? While gaming in itself is not really bad and is actually credited with improving eye-hand coordination and multitasking skills, the truth remains that parents must keep a watch on their wards so that they do not end up playing with their future.

How relevant are schools today?

Neerja Singh
For several decades now, thinkers and educators have been questioning the kind of education that schools are imparting. Education in 2021 is not very different from education in the 19th century. Even as the demands for readying our students for an unknown tomorrow are growing louder, schools are continuing to train them for jobs that no longer exist. And now, there is Covid-19; it has shaken the foundations of school education as we know it. At least now are we wililng to wake up from our stupor?

Looking good can be bad

Neerja Singh
As parents and teachers, we all want our children to grow up into confident young people who believe in themselves. In the past couple of decades though we seem to have contributed to raising self-serving, pompus young people. As their caregivers, we must know when, where and how often we must intervene in our children’s lives so they grow up to be balanced in their lives. Everything else will follow.

Teen activism

Neerja Singh
Teen activism is here to stay. From voicing their opinions and educating family and friends on important social causes, the younger lot today is taking action to live sustainably and spread social sensitivity. It is time the adults stop and listen to them and also extend support where needed.

Sadfishing

Neerja Singh
Many of today’s young adults live alternate lives on the social media. So long as they know when and where to draw the line, things are still fine, but when they get addicted to and start feeding off their online identities, it becomes our responsibility to stop them. And yet, when the online world is home to both the genuine and the fake, how do we know who really needs help and who is simply pretending?

The identity expressway

Neerja Singh
The teenage years are primarily awkward and confusing. There are pulls and pushes and the teenager is also trying to find his own identity and is experiencing moods that swing from one extreme to another. It is here that parents and teachers need to do a delicate balancing act by not adding their own voice, by listening, and also by letting go.

Education of emotions

Neerja Singh
What would be the long term fallout of Covid 19 on school children? Has the loss of structure disoriented them? How are they managing with their feelings? Open conversations and supportive environments will help to a large extent, but there is growing evidence to suggest that social and emotional learning skills will be needed when children are back in schools.