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Children should be kept busy to avoid tendency of violence

Saturday - January 12, 2019 3:04 pm , Category : LIFESTYLE
WTN- The incidents of school students hitting, injuring or killing their peers with knives and guns on the school campus is a growing trend in Indian society, pretty much a thing the 21st century American society is struggling to manage.

What was considered a thing of the stressed western world till some years back is fast catching up with our reality too. While the killing of a kid by his senior in a famous Delhi school last year made national headlines and sent panicked educators and psychologists in a huddle, near similar incidents have happened in several other schools too, including three in Indore in the last 12-14 months.

Though short-term measures were taken after the Delhi incident, like mandating enhanced vigilance in schools, yet no long term solutions are being devised, perhaps because the reasons behind this trend have still not been established with any certainty.

Perhaps it is a diverse mix of several reasons which are leaving children alienated and aggressive in today’s world. Yesterday what was America’s problem is today ours. With growing communication and media penetration, the world is a small place today and the social trends and incidents in one part of the world are bound to affect conditions in other parts of the world too sooner than later.

The social conditions in India are fast emulating the American conditions of cutthroat competition and high-end professionalism. This is antithetical to the Indian ethos and mindset because India has a different set of values steeped in traditional richness and cultural depth of a different kind that is assimilative rather than competitive, and more relaxed than fastidious. This drastic shift in the cultural underpinnings of our society is leading to greater stress and fracturing of family ties. This has the worst effect on our children who feel uncared and disoriented as both parents are busy serving their professional commitments.

The family time which is so essential and which was so much a part of our daily lives is almost gone now. Children spend most of their spare time today in their computer games and all the internet trash that teaches them the tricks to unleash their pent up frustrations through violent and aggressive ways. People to people contact and the strong bonding of friendship have fizzled with the end of outdoor spaces and the games that used to be played there.

Friends and family act as shock absorbers who soak in problems and confusions of life of a growing child. The lack of this cushioning is a big factor in pushing young lives towards violence and aggression. But there is no sure shot way to address this societal malady that is fats gripping all sections. The fear is, this violence is only going to rise and make our schools more unsafe than ever. No amount of safety nets can read or scan human propensities and check the unpredictability of human behaviour.

The only check point is the family and a child’s immediate society which shapes the inclinations. If things are right at the roots, there is no further worry but as long as the roots are infected, the signs get scary. We as a society will need to think collectively and mend our ways so that our kids get the right platform and atmosphere to grow and flourish like children ideally should.