Accepted paper:

Adolescent mind towards advancing technology: an observation

Authors:

Harshdeep Singh Dhanjal (Dr. H.S.Gour University, Sagar, M.P., India)

Paper short abstract:

With changing conditions in India, the risk factors among adolescents seems to be increasing nowadays making them socially, culturally and academically weak and unfit. There is a need to introduce warning signs for them so that immediate intervention can be taken for the safeguards of the youths.

Paper long abstract:

Adolescence is a period of logical reasoning, understanding and thinking. Adolescents can perceive much knowledge, formulate concepts, imagine, make decisions and discover new facts. With changing conditions in India, the risk factors among adolescents seems to be increasing nowadays making them socially, culturally and academically weak & unfit. They have become vulnerable to exploitative strategies and engaged deeply with technological devices for the purpose of surfing social networking sites, chatting, internet surfing and watching porn sites. This golden period of their life which is to be spent in learning good things from their parents, teachers and other elder people is spent elsewhere. Such type of condition was found in the following study which was conducted among adolescents of Bilaspur city, Chhattisgarh. Most of them were found pervaded with computers, laptops, tablets, cell phones, T.V., etc. leaving behind their other important works. It is necessary to make them understand that technology is meant for their convenience and to gain information about what is going on in this world. Hence, there is a need not only for parents, but also for the school personnel to introduce warning signs for them so that immediate intervention can be taken for their safeguards. Children and youths need to be kept away from this haphazard situation as they are core of any population, socio-cultural resources and future developers of their nation. If the parents, teachers and counselors reach them as early as possible, they can intervene before troubling behavior leads to serious future problems.

panel P034
Childhood(s) and youth(s) of the future: children as cultural and social resources (Commission on Children, Youth and Childhood)