In the second edition of 'Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0', Prime Minister Modi in an interactive session with 2,000 students, parents and teachers, touched upon issues ranging from examinations and the stress related to them. During the interaction, the topic of technology became a significant area of discussion.
A parent raised a rather contemporary concern that persists in the digital generation.
The parent asked, "My son use to be really good with studies, but for the past some time, his inclination towards online games has drastically elevated. I tried explaining him a lot, but I'm unsuccessful."
Upon hearing this question, an updated-with-technology PM Modi said, "Is he the PUBG one," leaving the room full of students in splits.
He further elaborated on how technology is a boon and a bane at the same time, but we must indulge in conversations with the kids about the brilliant possibilities that technology can bring in, making it dinner table conversations.
He said, "This is a problem as well as a boon. We want our kids to go far from technology but in a way that is like going backwards in life. And exactly why we should encourage kids in technology, but we should know the kind of use kids are making of technology. Is the technology making him a robot or a human?"
"If parents take an interest, making technology a part of table conversation. Then the kid will believe that whatever I'm doing, my parents might help me in it," he added.
PM Modi elucidated on how he benefited from staying updated with technology and extensively spoke of the benefits that come with leveraging technology in the right manner.
He said, "If technology is shrinking our mindset and making it narrow then it might hurt our lives. Technology should be for our expansion and exposure and hence teachers must discuss this. Technology has two sides. Like everything else, technology, too, comes with its positives and negatives. As parents, we must guide our children to get the most from technology. Encourage their inquisitiveness on learning about various apps, like how to build something, or cook something."
The Gujarat government issued a circular on January 23 asking district authorities to ensure a ban on online multi-player game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, popularly called PUBG.
The state primary education department's circular was issued after a recommendation by the Gujarat State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, said officials.
It said the ban was necessary as children were getting addicted to the game and it was "adversely affecting their studies".
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has recommended a ban on the game across the country, said Jagruti Pandya, chairperson of the Gujarat child rights body.