Peers, not parents stressing kids: Experts….
In Age Of Social Media, Comparison Has Become The Norm
Earlier this year, the city had seen a spate of suicides by class X and XII students that had snuffed out over 10 young lives. The number of suicides by teens has gone up over past five years in the city, according to police records.
The tragedy at Odhav where a class VIII student ended his life on Saturday, just for receiving `B’ grade in school exams has now incresed the tally. Can the incidents be blamed on age-old `parental pressure’? Experts beg to differ.
Dr Hansal Bhachech, a city-based psychiatrist, told TOI that social media is putting too much pressure on teens to outperform others. “Today, a student is on multiple social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp, where he or she is constantly compared against the yardstick of others’ achievements. Thus, even if the parents might not be putting pressure, the students feel the heat,“ he said, adding that the parents also like to show off their kids’ achievements, unintentionally starting the competition.
Experts say that the earlier trend was of teens appearing for board exams in age group 15 to 17 years becoming vulnerable to mounting pressure to perform. “But today, children as young as 10-11 years show symptoms of anxiety.It greatly increases the responsibility of parents and teachers to identify the signs and address the conflict,“ said Bhachech.
Hailing from a humble background, Dhaval Parmar, 13, was good in studies according to his family members. Dhaval and Ashok, his elder brother, were studying in Jyoti High School located near their apartment in Odhav. Dhaval was upset about his school exams, but when the result was declared on Friday, his apprehensions turned true.
He ended his life on Saturday morning when his father, mother and brother had left home. He hanged himself by a dupatta from the ceiling fan in the kitchen of his residence. Odhav police officials said that they would also approach school authorities on Monday to learn more about Dhaval’s academic performance.