I wonder now whether I am living in a parallel universe or the earth. What happened to the extent that everything is gradually becoming digital?
These days, even children under the age of five are attending the online classes. They are literally the children who study in kindergarten. They roughly don’t know how to write even alphabets. But they know how to use smartphones. Is not it awkward to listen to it?
Now I am going to tell a real incident about my neighbor friend. He is just five years old. I often guide him to attend the classes. It roughly takes around fifteen minutes to assemble him. But I can’t control him when he is triggered by watching his friends are playing outside. I often think my Doberman couldn’t make such trouble like him. I am not kidding. It’s my legit experience.
Besides, there are many consequences for giving a smartphone to a child. Children are not aware of malware. There are a ton of chances for they could get into a trap by installing some malicious software or by visiting some amiss website. So, unbeknownst to them, someone can steal their credentials and personal details.
And we have seen a lot of precedents lately. For instance, a few days prior, we heard that some children were verbally abused by a PUBG player. So to me, the issue I see here is that children don’t have the ability to handle smartphones safely.
So parents are urged to usher children. It might be an appropriate solution for some people. But what about the working parents? Could it be an out-and-out flawless solution for them? They are precisely grasping at straws when guiding their children. So if we make a solution, we have to make sure whether it would be convenient for everyone. And we also have to walk on eggs when making salient decisions on children.
And I have been talking about the so-called upper class and upper-middle class people so far. Because these blue-ribbon or top-notch amenities have been given to only those who earn income on a large scale.
And don’t forget that poor people are the majority in our country. They can’t even afford their food and daily needs. Then how could they buy smartphones? How could they adapt to this system in a single day? How could we conduct online classes for every student in every corner of our country?
Everybody says that time will bring a change. Don’t tell me the adage is that Rome was not built in a day. And great things take time to happen, Blah-blah-blah. I know that. But nobody knows when exactly things will change. So how long are those poor students going to suffer and lose their careers?
We all know that Kamaraj offered lunch to bring the poor students to schools. But things have been changed now. Everything became business straightaway.
And one more salient thing to add is that, as per the reports of The Indian Express, about 56 percent of children were found to have no access to smartphones which have emerged as essential tools for online learning during the coronavirus induced lockdown, according to a new study that surveyed 42,831 students at various school levels. The findings of the study showed that 43.99 percent of surveyed children have access to smartphones and another 43.99 percent of students have access to basic phones while 12.2 percent do not have access to either smartphones or basic phones.
So how long are we going to keep children in a 10×10 room? Giving them a laptop or a smartphone to attend the classes will steer them towards depression. Heat and radiation produced by a smartphone or laptop are more likely to cause mental and physical illness in children. And sports play a vital role in carrying or maintaining physical and mental health. So, could the institutions conduct sports through online classes? Somehow, if they could, how effective it could be. And I still can’t find the ratio of the students who bagged medals in sports from online classes. So children are contingent on getting into depression.
And I would like to share an expert’s opinion. Dr Kannan Gireesh, a great psychiatrist, and a psychotherapist who stated that many children have become bored with online classes. In certain schools, online classes are very monotonous. Hence, what these students are doing is switching off the camera and are doing other activities. It’s like a time pass for them. Not only mental health, but they are also facing some health problems like eye strain, headaches and fatigue from seeing the screen for such a long time. Besides, sports education and extracurricular classes have also stopped. As most of the parents are working and the child is all alone in the house, there is no way the children can interact with anyone.
And you can notice that the points that he said are similar to what I have been exemplifying elaborately so far. So, somehow an expert’s wavelength is connected with me, and I think I am pleased with that.
They are romanticizing the online classes as if they lived in America or some rich country. I want to break the superstitious things. If you can’t provide the facilities to everyone, then you wouldn’t make such classes. As I already told before, poor people are the majority, they can’t buy smartphones or laptops to go through this process. Even for adults it is tough to be engaged in the online classes, then how could you expect this from children? It doesn’t make any sense.
If the government has the stuff to provide some top-notch facilities to the government schools, Then you would implement it. Otherwise, there is no equality or equity.
Attending online classes for a long time will affect the mental health more than physical health. It will go to the extent that children will become more aggressive by attending the classes at all times lonely. And they are also facing some health problems like eye strain, headaches and fatigue from seeing the screen for such a long time.
This blog is authored by TAMIZHOLI K- Digital Marketing Club