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Every year, November 14 is celebrated as Children's Day in India.

Every year, November 14 is celebrated as Children's Day in India. Well, this day is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of the first prime minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, and his love for children.

On this day, stress is given on the importance of rights of children, and at the same time, awareness is raised on the need to get them educated, as they form the future of the country.

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Parents are constantly worried about their kids spending too much time on screens, and it's hard to set limits.

By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe

Have your children pleaded and negotiated with you for extended screen time? 'Just five minutes more please, sounds familiar, right? However, when the five minutes deadline is over, we get to see their tantrums and at times their temper, as if they have some sort of a nervous breakdown. The dominance of screens in the lives of children has been a pressing challenge for parents and the pandemic has worsened it exponentially. Parents are constantly worried about their kids spending too much time on screens, and it's hard to set limits.


Studies by 'The American Academy of Paediatrics' recommends:

>Avoiding screen exposure for children less than 18 months of age,
>Introducing children 18 to 24 months of age to screen media slowly,
>Limiting screen time to an hour a day for children from 2 to 5 years of age,

However, 87 per cent of children have screen time exceeding these recommendations.


Increased screen viewing is becoming common in children with working parents being busy and finding inadequate time to spend with them. Also, screen viewing often comes as an easier option for parents as they go about their chores. But can we blame either the child or parent for this? It is an extremely difficult task to keep kids entertained round the clock when they are indoors. Most parents unwillingly cave into more screen time as a last resort despite knowing its harmful effects. Their eyes are the first to be affected due to the constant staring at screens. This is followed by back problems in young kids because they tend to slouch whilst doing this. It directly affects their body posture. It also stifles their creative thinking and interferes with social skills development.

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This young readers' tramcar is an initiative by West Bengal Transport Corporation and Apeejay Anand Children's Library team. Pixabay

This Children’s Day is special for Kolkata, as the culturally-rich city gets its first-ever children’s tram library — also the first in the world of its kind — giving access to children across age groups and segments to pick and read their favorite book while on the move.

This young readers’ tramcar is an initiative by West Bengal Transport Corporation and Apeejay Anand Children’s Library team. The beautiful library on wheels decorated with attractive artworks of children reading, hand-painted by local artists housing books across genres for young readers adorning its shelves rolled on its first trip to encourage and inspire children to read and experience the joy of reading.

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The festival has a series of workshops scheduled to be held from November 16-20, aimed at broadening young creative minds. Unsplash

In the current environment, when kids are compelled to stay indoors, there is an increased demand for ways to keep them safely engaged this Diwali. The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) is hosting a five-day virtual Winter Fiesta which offers a variety of workshops for kids across the age group of 3 to 20 years.

The festival has a series of workshops scheduled to be held from November 16-20, aimed at broadening young creative minds, while focusing on enhancing self-expression in an informal and non-competitive environment. From magic to classical music, dance, creative writing, to physical theatre, there is something for children belonging to every age group.

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