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Make your kid a pal, says XLRI

Samarthya, an XLRI initiative where students from the B-school help city school-goers handle stress, organised a daylong panel discussion on various aspects of teen life on campus on Wednesday.

The symposium, which had ‘I am justified’ as its theme, saw the participation of 100 students from 10 schools, besides teachers and parents.

Three speakers spoke to students on the topics of career, friendship and lifestyle.

While psychiatrist Sanjay Agarwal from Tata Main Hospital (TMH) dealt with lifestyle issues, senior Loyola teacher Shalini Sharma addressed friendship problems.

Corporate trainer Nandita Sinha interacted with students on issues related to career.

First, each of the experts spoke to separate groups of students during simultaneous sessions. Later, the trio hosted a panel discussion together, citing their findings during the earlier sessions.

“Both children and their parents think they are justified in their take on various issues. Actually, the problem lies in the changing times, brought about by technology. Now, children are exposed to hundreds of channels, phones and Internet. In a changed scenario, both parents and their wards should understand each other’s emotions,” said Agarwal, while giving a power point presentation.

Senior teacher Shalini Sharma echoed the psychiatrist. “Children need love and encouragement from their teachers and parents. They must choose friends wisely. Share your problems with your parents as they can guide you on the right path,” said Sharma.

The discussion concluded on the note that parents have to adapt themselves to the changing times and walk the extra mile to understand their wards. With tech strides, needs of children and their ways of defining friendship are changing. So, parents need to open up to them.

The event also saw the schoolgoers participate in collage-making, where they got scope to express opinions on a subject of their choice.

Ruchi Narendran, social worker and wife of Tata Steel managing director T.V. Narendran, inaugurated the event.

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