GROWING UP YEARS
A series of ‘Growing Up Years’ workshops and seminars were held to help parents develop a holistic understanding of the physical, emotional and psycho-social development of children across all ages, and equip them with the strategies needed to deal with ‘Growing Up’ aspects and concerns.
Our purpose at the Elementary level was to introduce children to the concept of safe and unsafe touch and build a circle of trust around them.
For Junior children the focus was on helping them develop a sound understanding of the need for exercise, hygiene, a balanced diet and good and bad touch. Conducted by Ms. Jyotsna Bhardwaj, an eminent Child Psychologist, the sessions used stories, puppets and circle time discussions to reach out to both parents and children.
The sessions for Senior students and their parents were conducted by Dr. Amit Sen, a renowned Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director, Children’s First. He addressed the socio – emotional and behavioural concerns faced by adolescents and suggested simple, yet effective techniques to help parents connect better with their teenage children.
In addition a ‘Cyber Safety’ webinar was organised with Mr. Rakshit Tandon, a cyber security expert and a crusader of the ‘Safe Surfing Campaign’. The workshop aimed at raising awareness in the audience, especially our children, about the functioning of the internet and the need to keep ourselves safe and secure when online. He also stressed the importance of ‘digital citizenship’ and urged all students to strictly follow the norms, rules and regulations associated with the virtual world.