Teen sexual health: a persistent blind spot

Neerja Singh
Independent studies reveal that there is widespread ignorance among adolescents about their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Although the government has many programmes, social and policy barriers do not allow the needs of adolescents to be addressed. A revised curriculum that addresses all aspects of human sexuality is the need of the hour and schools are the perfect places to start this.

To Snap or not

Neerja Singh
The ongoing digital transformation has affected people’s lives in many ways – screen time, social interaction, virtual reality etc. The newest entry into India is the photo-messaging app, Snapchat, that has become popular with the teens, tweens and even adults. How are these apps being used and understood? Do the cons outweigh the pros?

The new age dad

Neerja Singh
The definition of fatherhood is changing. Today, a father’s job is not limited to earning for the family. Fathers are taking on equal responsibility with the mothers in nurturing their children. Their role is diversifying into that of a friend, a playmate, a guide and agony aunt. Let’s celebrate all the men that are stepping up to become the new-age dads.

New age parents

Neerja Singh
The spotlight anytime and everywhere is always on the next generation. We talk of their problems, their successes, their concerns and fears. As responsible adults we are asked to be supportive, understanding, encouraging and accepting without being assertive or admonishing. In an age where ideas are progressive and thoughts are liberal, being a parent is as difficult as being a child.

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.