14 May, 2021

Want To Look Inside His Head?

Can you tell if it's just normal growing-up pangs or if your teenaged child is headed for serious trouble?

Narendra Bisht
Want To Look Inside His Head?
It's been exam time for most of our teenagers. That time of the year when we talk about their crushing academic burden, count up board-exam-stress-related suicides, regret our unreasonable career expectations of them. Yes, it's that time of the year when we feel sorry for them. Very different from the times when we demonise them for being brats run amok. Now's the time when it jars to talk of the Delhi Public School MMS incident that had, just months ago, scandalised the nation. We'd had incensed discussions then, about the audacity of a 17-year-old boy from this upmarket school in the capital being arrested for using the camera in his cell to record, and circulate via MMS, a girl from his class giving him oral sex.

His parents hadn't had a clue, nor had hers. Much like, just last month, the mother of a 13-year-old girl in Calcutta didn't have any inkling of how grave a damage she was wreaking when she scolded her daughter for the umpteenth time about watching television instead of studying for her exams. The girl hanged herself.

Surely there's a pattern here. A...

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