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Ekya / May 16, 2022 Posted by : administrator

Children of today don’t know a world without the internet. The online approach for information and entertainment to them is as simple as breathing. Pre and post Pandemic, this digitally-powered universe has provided an opening to vast new worlds of learning and opportunity. Nevertheless, this new world poses a great challenge and threat to their safety, as children often tend to be very casual about their usage of this medium. Internet safety becomes the highest priority for every parent and teacher who comprehends the dangers that prowl – bullies, predators and cybercriminals. Teaching children about handling and operating the internet safely can protect them from these dangerous forces and instill a valuable lesson on becoming responsible digital citizens.

Why Kids Need Protection on The Internet

Computers and the internet have become essential for students — for work, play, or school assignments — it can become more burdensome for parents and teachers to protect their children from numerous threats on the Web.

Children can be exposed to various threats online such as contact with anonymous people, predators, cyberbullies and phishing scammers as these unfamiliar beings can trick children to reveal sensitive information about themselves or their families.

Inappropriate content which contains violence, obscenity, and pirated materials can be viewed leading them into dangerous waters. Over and above, due to unmonitored operation, computers can be overloaded with malicious programs and malware infections too.

How can children be protected online?  

Without a doubt, the question that crosses our minds is “How can we provide online safety for children?” Often adults presume that parental control requires a thorough knowledge of the technical aspects of online security and consider it an arduous task. However, Internet security software has become so accessible and convenient that virtually any parent can use it to protect their children from any online threats.

For Parents

Taking away the device is not the solution, though, for some parents, that seems to be an effortless option. But owing to the tremendous benefits of the internet, the key to resolving the issue is to teach children about the internet safety requirements, so they can build their own shield and protection while exploring the digital world. These are a few ways in which parents can assist their children to do so.

  1. Monitor and Manage the child’s access to the internet
  2. Establish ground rules
  3. Build an atmosphere of trust
  4. Talk to them about the potential dangers online
  5. Use Child Safe Search Engine
  6. Install a rigorous antivirus product

For Children. 

Acquainting children about online dangers should be the first and foremost aspect while introducing internet access to them. They need to know that in an online environment, the danger is not lurking around the corner but right inside their home and it is hard to escape if they do not follow precautions and the skills required to handle the equipment and technology.

  1. Avoid talking to strangers online

Anything shared on the internet is shared forever

Some links, downloads, and websites can make computers sick

Block and report online predators

  1. Showing restraint while searching for information
  2. Consult an adult while accessing new websites
  3. Never open a site which is misleading or suspicious.

Though the internet is a familiar construct for many people, it can be an open invitation to various hazards as it comes with its own set of opportunities and obstacles as it sweeps the globe in an expeditious manner. Children are now born into an Internet-equipped world and this technology permeates everything they do, from school to home to play, and perpetual connectivity has caused no shortage of alarm. Nevertheless, with mindful parents and adults, it can be transformed into a boon in the hands of the next generation.

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Ekya / April 03, 2024

The Power of Learning with Intent: A Guide to Purposeful Education

In a world brimming with information, the art of learning has evolved beyond the mere acquisition of facts. Learning with intent, a deliberate approach to education emphasises quality over quantity, depth over breadth, and purpose over passive absorption. It’s about cultivating a mindset that transforms knowledge into meaningful action and empowers individuals to navigate the complexities of the modern age effectively.

At its core, learning with intent involves setting clear objectives and actively engaging with the subject matter. Whether exploring a new language, delving into scientific principles, or honing a creative skill, intentionality infuses each learning endeavour with purpose and direction. As Albert Einstein aptly said, "The only source of knowledge is experience." This quote amplifies the importance of active participation and hands-on learning, highlighting that true understanding arises from deliberate engagement with the material.

Furthermore, engaging actively with the material is paramount. Embrace challenges and embrace mistakes as opportunities for growth. This proactive approach not only deepens your understanding but also cultivates critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential for success in any field.

Moreover, learning with intent emphasises relevance and applicability. Seek out opportunities to apply newfound knowledge in real-world scenarios, bridging the gap between theory and practice. By contextualising learning within your personal or professional sphere, you enhance its significance and utility, making it more likely to stick.

In conclusion, learning with intent is a transformative approach that transcends traditional notions of education. By setting clear objectives, engaging actively, prioritising relevance, and fostering a growth mindset, individuals can harness the full potential of learning to achieve their goals and thrive in an ever-changing world. So, embark on your learning journey with purpose, and let each lesson propel you towards a brighter, more fulfilling future.

By Sweta Pradeep Rao

Senior English Educator

Ekya School JP Nagar

Ekya / April 02, 2024

Gadget-free Summer Break

With summer vacation around, I urge parents to explore various ways to facilitate children to make healthy choices during their vacation time.

Last week, when we asked our Early Years to visualise their characters and create a story, most of them came up with stories about ghosts and monsters attacking others.  When we had conversations about what gave them this idea, we understood that these story ideas emanated from their online games. While gaming per se develops specific skills and requires focus, it also stifles the imagination of young children. Since it is visually appealing, children tend to remember those images in their heads all the time.

I often see parents providing very young children (1 year to 3 year olds)  with gadgets as the means to keep children engaged and entertained. I see children watching phones in the waiting areas of clinics, hospitals, school lobbies and banks.

This brings us to a fundamental question “ Should children be engaged by parents all the time?” Not necessarily. What is likely to happen if children were not handed over gadgets at the waiting lounges? What would they do? Some of them may cry, some may throw a loud tantrum, and some may crib. If parents show resilience and allow children to settle down themselves, they will soon find ways to keep themselves engaged. Likewise, during summer vacation. What if this is a “no gadget” vacation and parents do not take up the responsibility to engage their children? What would children do? How can parents show resilience here and facilitate children to make healthy choices? I leave the readers with this thought for this summer vacation.

Mathangi R,

Head of School,

Ekya NICE Road.

Ekya / April 02, 2024

The Eye of the Storm

In the hushed embrace of an Indian evening, our journey began, a symphony of anticipation orchestrated by the hum of jet engines and the flutter of boarding passes. The promise of adventure beckoned from distant shores as we boarded our flight bound for the United Kingdom, our hearts aflutter with dreams of far-off lands and newfound horizons. But as we soared through the velvet sky, a foreboding shadow loomed on the horizon, a harbinger of the chaos that was soon to unfold. In the blink of an eye, the tranquil serenity of our airborne sanctuary was shattered by a deafening crack, a burst of purple lightning that danced across the heavens with an otherworldly fervour. The air crackled with electricity as the plane shuddered beneath the force of the storm, its metal frame quivering in defiance against the tempestuous onslaught. And then, in a heart-stopping moment of sheer terror, the heavens unleashed their fury upon us, casting our fragile vessel into a maelstrom of chaos and uncertainty. The sky darkened to a shade of ominous charcoal as the winds howled with a primal ferocity, tearing at the wings of our faltering craft with savage intent. The cabin was awash with panicked cries and frantic prayers as we clung to our seats with white-knuckled desperation, each passing moment stretching into eternity.

And then, as if mocking our feeble attempts at control, the plane tilted almost 180 degrees, its nose plummeting towards the earth with a sickening lurch. Time seemed to stand still as we hurtled towards the ground, our fate hanging in the balance as the world spun wildly out of control. But just when all hope seemed lost, a glimmer of salvation emerged from the chaos, a beacon of light amidst the encroaching darkness. With a mighty roar, the engines surged to life once more, their thunderous symphony drowning out the cacophony of the storm as we clawed our way back from the brink of oblivion. As the storm clouds parted and the sun cast its golden rays upon the horizon, we emerged battered but unbroken, our spirits buoyed by the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity. And though our journey had been fraught with peril and uncertainty, we emerged from the crucible of the skies stronger and more resilient than ever before. For in the crucible of adversity, we discovered the true measure of our strength, our courage, and our unwavering determination to defy the odds and chart our course through the tempestuous seas of life. As we touched down on solid ground once more, I couldn't help but marvel at the beauty of the world around us, a testament to the indomitable spirit of the human soul.

Arjun Narasimhan Kuppuswamy

Grade 8C

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#TeacherBlogger: SPONGE By, Lavanya Nair , Co-curricular Coordinator (Primary School, Ekya Schools, Byrathi

As the famous quote goes, “EVERYDAY IS A CHANCE TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW”. After pondering for a long time and introspecting myself, I realized that I consider myself a sponge. Just as the sponge absorbs a lot of water, I get soaked in learning new things.  I love to seek and learn anything new and interesting; be it art, music, or fitness, everything excites me, and the best of me is seen, when I am wrung out, reflecting all my abilities. It is rightly said ‘Never stop learning because life never stops teaching”. With a pinch of positive attitude and enthusiasm, one can achieve the greatest things by keeping their mind open to new opportunities. As I had the opportunity to learn and teach at a young age, I was blessed to work with the children. Children constantly showed me how beautiful and amazing things in life can be done. If we all could see the world through the eyes of a child, we would see the magic in everything. A child can teach us 3 things- to be happy, busy, and curious. We know that the future belongs to the curious. It belongs to the ones who are not afraid to try, explore, and question it. One should be ready to take that risk. When you are curious, you find a lot of interesting things to do. I see the child in me when it comes to learning, exploring, and experimenting. Today I’m proud to be an educator. I can appreciate, teach, and be curious to see the magic around me. Travel has been another important part of my life. It brings change, broadens your mind, and opens your heart. In my travel experiences, I’ve seen a lot of change. Change is important, it's an opportunity to grow and learn life skills. Change is the mindset to accept and appreciate others. In my professional career, abroad or in India, I always wanted to make a difference in children. One such experience is when I worked as a primary teacher. I challenged myself to change a few students who were unnoticed and needed that attention. Simple gestures of compassion and awareness make all the difference. Making sure that such students are allowed to be motivated helps them in building their self-esteem and confidence. As Dalai Lama rightly said. “When educating the minds of your youth, we must not forget to educate your heart”. Motivate yourself to reach that enthusiasm. Life is a magnet. What you give is what you attract. I’m thankful to a lot of people who have inspired me in my life’s journey. I believe that everyone can be a role model with that special quality hidden in them. All you need is to take some time to think and appreciate yourself for what you learned in life and don’t stop there!! You need to educate yourself, give back, and spread happiness around. By Lavanya Nair Co-curricular Coordinator (Primary School), Ekya ITPL

#StudentBlogger: Back To School! By, Sreemayi Ramesh Grade 7C, Ekya Schools, JP Nagar

Returning to school full-time after two years of online learning was indeed a unique and memorable experience. On the first day of school, I carried within myself a bag full of mixed feelings - excitement, joy, nervousness, and even some amount of confusion. I was excited to meet my friends after a long gap, while at the same time, I was anxious about what my school had in store for us in this brand new academic year. I was also looking forward to getting to know the new teachers assigned to us, this year. I arrived early and I sought help to locate my new classroom. There I met some of my classmates and shook hands with them. I was quite thrilled to see some of my friends and the excitement was mutual, indeed. Then we gathered at the Amphitheater for the assembly hour. Mathangi ma'am sang and introduced us to our new prayer song, in her beautiful, melodious voice. Our teachers were introduced to all of us in class order. Once back in the classroom, we scrambled for our new seats. Our new class teacher, Mrs. Seema, seemed very sweet and also strict at the same time. She broke the ice by asking us to introduce ourselves and share a few lines about how we had spent our summer holidays. During the second hour, we played some riddles and dumb charades, and both were super fun. We were also asked to introduce our bench partners. We quickly exchanged notes about ourselves with each other. The first day ended at 12: 30 in the afternoon. It was a fun-filled day. Most of my friends shared the view that they were happy to be back. I'm looking forward with enthusiasm and eagerness to the opportunities the new year would offer me. And I also wish that the hurdles and challenges posed by the pandemic over the last couple of years, do not show up again, ever. Wishing both my teachers and my fellow schoolmates a very happy and cheerful school year of 2022- 2023!!
Sreemayi Ramesh
Grade 7 C

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