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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 / October 10, 2023

The Truth of Time

The Truth of Time

The mountain tops shiver As the snow begins to shower The water flows to cover The secrets of the river.

The birds trill near the lake As the morning sun awake The lion cub to take The crown for the sake.

The windows patter The things clatter The world scatter As our deeds matter

Isana G K
Grade 7
Ekya Schools, ITPL

Ekya / October 10, 2023

Financial literacy from an early age

It’s Jan 2022, I am in grade 6 as a substitute teacher. I ask the students to introduce themselves. They also get curious to know about me. As soon as I tell them that I am a senior grade teacher and I teach Accounts and Business studies, they are intrigued. The word Business catches their attention and some of them express their interest in Finance.
Now, I was fascinated to hear the word finance from such young children. Particularly fascinated by a young student Ms Ahaana Shetty, who explained how she manages her pocket money, as taught to her by her father. She had a clear understanding of creating a balance between saving and spending.
This was not the case in the earlier times. We can quote examples of celebrities who, despite having earned a fortune, burnt their hands at poor financing decisions. Amitabh Bachan’s ABCL took on more than it could handle, like the Miss World pageant, and exhausted all money. Then it took bank loans which it couldn't repay. Mr. Bachchan had retired, so there was no income and no savings. The moral of the story is, that even if people earn astronomical sums, they need to invest it so that it keeps growing.
Having said that, it boils down to the fact that financial literacy at an early age is pivotal for building a strong foundation for financial well-being throughout life. Teaching children about money, budgeting, savings and investments from a young age will help them make informed financial decisions. They can avoid the financial perils faced commonly by people.
The challenge in educating young children about finance would be the financial jargon which they may find overwhelming and difficult to understand. Hence it becomes important to use age-appropriate terminology.
As parents, we can give a reasonable amount of allowance to our children and ask them to use it wisely for needs, and wants and also save a part of it. This will help them to understand the concept of budgeting. We must also encourage them to make informed purchasing decisions, look for discounts and become a smart shopper.
A simple step like opening a savings bank account for the child and making them understand how a bank account works will introduce them to the importance of keeping money safe. They will understand how regular savings will grow over some time due to the compounding of interest.
Children must be taught about loans too. They need to understand that loans should not be borrowed if one is not sure of financial ability to repay. Also, they need to be taught that loans must be repaid timely, or else they will keep becoming bigger due to accumulating interest.
Older children can be introduced to the concepts of stocks and mutual funds. They can be encouraged to follow investments over time and learn about the dynamics of stock markets.
Schools can introduce financial literacy programs and take initiatives to incorporate financial education as part of the curriculum.
I would like to conclude by saying that it is essential for everyone to be financially literate and wisely invest money to grow it. It is equally important to keep track of investments. One should not spend more than what one earns, even if the earnings are enormous, otherwise, the money will not last very long. Remember, it is your money.

Ekya / October 10, 2023

A Guide To Navigating Academic Stress

Academic pressure and impending board exams can feel like an overwhelming storm, but as a 10th-grade student who's been through the burnout ringer, I've discovered effective strategies to stay afloat. When stress creeps in, I lean on a toolbox of coping mechanisms that help me maintain balance and clarity.

Understanding my panic patterns has been key. I've learnt that giving my all is important, but the outcome isn't a mirror of my worth. I remind myself of this and reframe my perspective. To escape my study-clogged mind, I turn to books – they whisk me away to new worlds, however briefly. Music acts as a soothing balm; I limit panic to 5 minutes and then channel my energy into finding solutions.

Engaging in physical activities is another lifesaver. Running or spending time outdoors channels my pent-up energy, allowing my mind to reset. Moreover, taking up hobbies like painting or playing a musical instrument provides a welcome distraction and cultivates a sense of accomplishment beyond academics.

Remember, you're more than your grades. Embrace your unique strengths, employ these strategies, and watch stress lose its grip. With determination, self-awareness, and a dash of escapism, you'll breeze through the academic whirlwind.

Written By: Ahaana Singhal Student of Grade 10

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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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