Safe Teens

Dear Students

The world we inhabit has both, good/safe and bad/harmful things. You may know the English proverb: One man’s meat is another man’s poison. This means, what is good for one person may be harmful for someone else. On the Internet, adult sites are not safe for children.  So stay away from these.

The Internet is full of wonderful information on all branches of human knowledge by famous scientists, mathematicians, philosophers, artists, statesmen, economists, social workers and journalists from across the globe. The Internet has gifted you with GAM (Google Assisted Memory). You don’t need to memorise everything. A single can touch will Search for any information you require. So, knowledge is literally at your fingertips! Reading, Listening, Looking at pictures and videos in educational sites will develop your learning skills and general awareness. Your class blogs will supply you with links to educational websites relevant to your syllabus from time to time.

Follow the DPS Clubs on the front page of my blog or on our school website. These are online, interactive portals of audio-visual learning beyond your syllabus. Follow DPS Tapi on Twitter and Facebook. You will find gateways into different worlds of knowledge that will gloriously bring alive some concepts in your textbook and reveal their real-life origin and application.

Channel your time, energy and interest gainfully into the Scintillating, Fascinating, Spell-binding and constantly Expanding universe we inhabit – from its smallest atomic particle right up to the furthest expanse of deep space. It is right there, waiting for you to Explore, Discover and Know. Your guides and teachers on the Internet are Internationally Renowned Experts in their own fields!

A distinguished Physicist and Nobel Laureate once said that the availability of extensive information on the Internet is not the problem. The human brain should be good enough to process this information. This means that your brain decides how information is converted into knowledge, and even, wisdom.

Here are some tips for your online safety. It is better not to be too active on social networks. Never add a stranger to your contacts. Do not share your password and personal details with anyone – not even with friends on your contacts list.  Do not waste time in trivial chit-chat or petty malice. Do not be rude when chatting online. If anyone is rude or tries to bully you online, block this person and report the incident to your parents / teacher immediately. Take a screen shot of the offensive language and post details. Cyber-bullying is a crime and can be traced and punished legally.

For your all-round safety, please make it a point to ALWAYS take these steps:

  • You are not old enough yet for a driving license – so DO NOT DRIVE – brake-failures in other vehicles do not make allowance for under-age drivers.
  • It is not even safe for you to cycle on the main road – the other vehicles rarely show consideration for children driving.
  • When you ride pillion behind an older driver – insist on a helmet for BOTH of you. Worry about how you will look – after an accident!
  • Please write down the names of your friends (the ones you visit or go out with), their contact numbers and addresses and leave the list with your parents. Update this list, whenever you make new friends.
  • Do not feel shy to include friends of the opposite gender on your list – it is better to be realistic!
  • Always inform/SMS your parents in advance, where you are going, with whom, and when you will return. Tell them the exact truth.
  • Your parents may disapprove of some your friends or where you go, but it is safer for them to know where to find you, in case of unexpected situations.
  • Do not switch off or silence your mobiles when you are with friends and away from your parents. In these situations, keep in touch with your parents, especially if your return is delayed.

Live safe, wise and always updated with the latest information!

Sanjukta Sivakumar


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