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In Lockdown era, Junior Anchors ignore senior ‘news hammering’

Amid new family bonding, the power of remote comes to fore

The work-from-home and school-from-home combination has helped many parents know as to in which grade their children are and what their books look like.

MUMBAI, Sep 23 (BNC Network): As working parents and their school going children got use to the new normal, the virtual world had helped build a new bonding among them.

This is one of learnings from the COVID-triggered lockdown which has seen lives going topsy-turvy.

Participating in a free-wheeling chat for The Connect channel, Dr Kavita Aggarwal, chairperson – Members of International Schools Association (MISA) – said the students from across various grades have learnt to come to terms with the new lifestyle beating initial resistance. “We have had many students hanging out of their windows, looking outside and screaming to be allowed to get out,” she recalled and said: “We are happy that the young one quickly realized the dangers of COVID pandemic.”

Keeping the students and parents engaged, MISA ran a Junior Anchors programme among students across 100 schools in big and small cities and the event had brought forth not only the talent but turned out to be a great experience.

The contest was conducted in association with KidzByte TV – India’s first app-based news and knowledge channel for students and by students. Winners will be felicitated during an online award ceremony on 26 September ‘20 and will receive certificates and mentorship opportunities.

Responding questions from B N Kumar, editor of The Connect, Dr Aggarwal said the students showed great interest in digitalisation, environment, COVID care, hobbies and so on. COVID is about history, geography, science and environment and to that extent it is enlarging the horizons of learning, she remarked.

Asked if the ongoing SSR case proceedings on TV channels have affected the students or parents, she said it is like a mystery or crime patrol live series for the children above 12. The younger ones are busy with their own activities.

She made an interesting observation that even many of the parents appeared to be watching the news channels just for a while and then switch over to either other channels such as adventure or wild life. She agreed with The Connect anchor that “they are using the power of the remote”!

Dr Aggarwal is happy that the work-from-home and school-from-home combination has helped many parents know as to in which grade their children are and what their books look like.

For The Connect interview:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br4bX0eLEv0&feature=youtu.be

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