“Smart or Happy” Children’s Day?
We just celebrated another children’s day(‘Bal Divas’) like every year. We come up with different ideas and gifts to make this day special for the kids.
Ever wondered if we could gift a ‘Gadget Free Childhood’ to them!!
Why can’t we let the buds bloom in the garden of spring and not our balconies??
There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
Of course we are not blaming the parents, it’s the hustle full life, having a full plate served for us everyday and we lack time which the kids demand.
Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up – Pablo Picasso
And, with the rapid changing “tech-friendly” society, we end up gifting gadgets like video games, tabs, smartphones to keep the kids engaged.
Out of restraints or choices these are big set back for kids.
I often find some parents who are very proud to see their tiny tods as experts when it comes to handling smartphones, tabs etc.
But, in this process we are killing the child in them in a very early age.
Starting from classroom teachings where the chalk-boards are replaced by smart TVs to the bed time story telling by Granny is taken over by the story-teller apps and recordings, the upbringing have changed drastically.
I sometimes wonder what if, kids growing up in this virtual world will end up believing us to be robots or some app for them,which they can install and uninstall as per their need.. Quite possible right?
Kids are now smart enough to adapt these technological changes but their childhood is caged.
They can be smart in their virtual world, but, they are not ready enough to handle the physical world, which brings down the various issues like depression, health problems, psychological and behavioural disorders. And most importantly it kills the curiosity, creativity and imagination power of a child.
Critical factors necessary for better upbringing of a child are
1. Human touch
3. Movement and physical activities
4. Exposure to outer world and nature.
Let the flowers bloom with their true fragrance and not molding them into perfumes caged in a bottle.
Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
– Rabindranath Tagore
Let’s come together again to celebrate a “Happy Children’s day” and not “Smart Children’s Day” by gifting a real childhood to the kids with no adulteration of technologies, but by giving them time and an outdoor unrestricted world.