Militancy and its impact on children: Views of a School Teacher in Peshawar

Militancy and its impact on children
By Sher Alam Shinwari, Dawn, Jaunayry 10, 2009

EVERYTHING has an influence on the impressionable mind. Children exhibit what they see being practised, especially by their parents, siblings, peers and, more prominently, their teachers. A child is always in the centre ... every little incident prompts curiousity.

The media is another powerful tool that not only engages young minds but also leaves behind a deep impression on their mental and spiritual chemistry. As a reaction to so many outside influential forces, it is quite normal for a child to absorb characteristics getting ingrained into his inner world. They later reflect in his personality through all his actions.

Unpleasant experiences at school or a tense home situation badly hampers children’s natural growth. They play havoc with their hidden talents. Similarly, negative media exposure may change a child’s developing personality into something quite undesirable.

There are many examples of violent incidents among school children in the US and other countries where children draw inspiration from video games, thrillers and bizarre TV shows. This, however, does not mean that we are to keep our young away from media tools. But it does point towards some of its negative effects if not put to proper use.

Most schools have bulletin boards put up at a prominent place to display daily news so that the children are aware of what’s going on around them. Already preoccupied with the blazing headlines and breaking news on their home TV sets, they huddle up around the school newsbeat to go through the same horrifying bulletins of suicide attacks, charred bodies, burned women and children and the other heart-rending realities of our time.

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