‘Be your children’s friend to understand them better’

Mental health issues can affect anybody irrespective of their education, class, sex, creed, etc. Suicide is almost always a manifestation of some underlying mental health issue. The increasing number of suicide cases in India has become a matter of concern over past few years, and we need to do something regarding this issue. As the next generation is our future, and without them we are lost

‘Be your children’s friend to understand them better’My dear friends, recently a series of unfortunate events have occured. In the last, 15 days, two innocent youngsters had taken a drastic step of ending their lives. One boy was the child of a couple, who work as bureaucrats. The other boy allegedly lost his life to a horrific online game called ‘Blue Whale’. […]

TV crime shows and their effects on the minds of children

Increasing addiction to crime shows on TV unleashes a plethora of negative effects on the children, and experts say this is a dangerous trend. Parents and caregivers have to be vigilant about what the kids are viewing on TV and online. The distinction between children friendly shows and other virtual content is a decision for parents to make

TV crime shows and their effects on the minds of childrenKunal Singh (name changed) was a cheerful, talkative boy who would be actively involved in his day to day activities at home and school. Six months ago, he started having sleep issues which were a result of frequent panic attacks during the night. For a nine-year-old, having frequent anxiety attacks is a rare phenomenon. Hence, […]

Let’s take up the challenge of killing ‘Blue Whale’

The biggest concern right now is about the game's accessibility across the Internet. Parents should talk to their children and create awareness about malicious content online. Teachers and counsellors in schools and colleges must give children time when they approach them wanting to speak to them about any problem

Let’s take up the challenge of killing ‘Blue Whale’Last week a 14-year-old boy committed suicide by jumping off the sixth floor terrace of his building in Andheri, Mumbai. Police investigations are probing the role of an internet game as the driving force behind his death. The game is named Blue Whale. Why is the name Blue Whale associated with such a game – […]

Experiencing regret improves children’s decision-making, says study

A study found that by the age of six, only some children are able to experience regret, but those who do learn to make better decisions

Experiencing regret improves children’s decision-making, says studyAccording to research from Queen’s University, Belfast, the answer is yes, in the case of children at least. A study has found regret plays a “crucial role in helping children to make better decisions”. The research involved 326 Northern Ireland schoolchildren. This study is entitled: Do children who experience regret make better decisions? A developmental […]

Parents beware! Blue Whale game could claim your child’s life

The Blue Whale game is unlike any online game where a participant can win by crossing a level. This is a 50-day game wherein participants are given a challenge for each day and suicide is the price of winning. Once a participant signs up for this game, the curator on the other side warns them that there is no turning back from the game. And at no point can you quit or opt out of the game

Parents beware! Blue Whale game could claim your child’s lifeGames generally are supposed to be fun and engaging for everyone who is part of it. Playing games had always been an activity which brought joy to children. Who knew that games could turn out to be so diabolical and twisted that it could claim a life of an innocent young boy? The suicide of […]

Bitter divorces can have a lasting impression on a child’s mind

Single parenthood is never the problem. Every child needs a healthy parent for a good childhood. A problem arises in case of a conflict between parents. A lot of them may end up believing that life is full of fights, anger, sadness or suspicion. Bitter divorces can change a kid’s temperament and mood in various ways. It can lead the child to question the institutions of marriage and family, due to distorted images of a previously presented happy family

Bitter divorces can have a lasting impression on a child’s mindConflicting divorces can be very difficult for a child. It can have adverse effects on children ranging from complete distrust to anxiety issues. Doctors say that if the correct steps are taken, a child can come out of the transition pretty well. John D’lima (name changed) is a 10-year-old boy who was known to be […]

Need to sensitise children, parents about child sexual abuse

Two Mumbai children consumed rat poison after being sodomized by four men. On the background of this incident, paediatricians and psychiatrists emphasized the need to sensitize parents about good touch and bad touch to empower their children. Doctors say, children should be made aware of the inappropriate behavior by adults. Sexual abuse can have adverse effects on children’s mentality and if the issue is not addressed in time, it may turn into a personality disorder

Need to sensitise children, parents about child sexual abuseIn a shocking incident in Mumbai, two children consumed rat poison and lost their lives due to multiple organ failures. A 10-year-old and a 13-year-old took such an extreme step after they were sodomized by four men. On the background of this incident, pedestrians and psychiatrists emphasized the need to sensitize parents on importance of […]

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy may cause autism 

Study finds pregnant women with low vitamin D levels at 20 weeks’ gestation more likely to have a child with autistic traits by age six

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy may cause autism A study finds pregnant women with low vitamin D levels at 20 weeks more likely to have a child with autistic traits The important role vitamin D plays in early life is back in the spotlight after Australian researchers noticed a link between a deficiency during pregnancy and autism. The study found pregnant women with […]

Sleeplessness in kids on rise, doctors worried

Experts say that a majority of children who complain about sleeplessness are addicted to smartphones and television shows. Doctors say that it is only when children show visible signs of sleeplessness, that parents realise this is a problem

Sleeplessness in kids on rise, doctors worriedSleeplessness seems to be a prevalent issue these days. While some say it is due to the fast paced life in cities, experts point out that sleeplessness among children is a very prominent problem and it is caused due to television and over usage of gadgets. Experts say that a majority of children who complain […]

This academic year, keep children healthy with good food

Mothers are always concerned about the lunch boxes for their children during their schooldays. Indian Dietic Association’s Mumbai chapter’s member, Dr Rita S Patil shares how mothers can keep the health of the children good through very important meal of the day i.e., breakfast

This academic year, keep children healthy with good foodA change in season and start of new academic year in school, every year the schedule of June remains unchanged. Children require good nutrition for their growth and development during schooldays. Moreover learning, level of concentration in studies and scholastic performance is always good when children are well fed. Mothers are always concerned over tiffin’s […]