Children are connected to the internet, but disconnected from the real life, says D. Sivanandhan IPS, former Mumbai DGP.

IIK Staff Reporter; Photo: Anwar Sadath Thalasserry
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Youth of today is the leader of tomorrow. They are to be guided and to put on the correct path. Putting them on the right path is what we are supposed to do, said D. Sivanandhan IPS, one of India's most well-known and highly regarded IPS officers.

"Today’s youth are connected to the internet, but disconnected from the real life. They have lot of friends in internet, but not in real life, which is a very dangerous situation"", Sivanandan, Retired Director General of Police (Maharashtra) said. He was talking on the side lines of the 20th annual celebration of Indian Frontlines in Kuwait. Former Central Minister Mr Salman Khurshid, Thanthi TV Chief News Editor Rangaraj Pandey, Frontliners Kuwait president Asad Khan and Founder Mr NC Mohandos were also present during the function.

"Today children are losing interest in people around them," he said. This can take them to a very dark age of losing interest in people around them and there are so many things we have to be controlled in indulge in, he said.

Today’s children in the age group of 15 - 24 are the highest active users of social media. 67% of teenagers are friends with strangers, but not friends with their own families, that is a big worry for me, he said.

We can see lot of teenagers from high profile families are becoming part of some or other terrorist organisations. Sitting in the remote part of the world, people can control the mind of the younger generation and take them to terrorist outfits, D Shivanandan who played a key role in breaking the Mumbai underworld said. "It is high time that parents are needed to communicate with their children", he said.

The insurgency and militancy is also a major problem today’s youth are facing. “I am deeply saddened by the scenes where young school girls are taking stone in their hands and attacking our army in Kashmir. This is the age at which they should sit in school and collages to study for their future”, the Mumbai super cop said. There is a need for us to change. Your future is created by what you are doing today, not tomorrow.

Modern youth are increasing being depressed and committing suicide. Most of the people committing are in the age of youth bracket. Addiction to drugs is also the raising concern. Simple warning of the text Smoking kills is not being looked at by the youngsters.

My advice to you is to have a grand vision about yourself. "If you don’t believe in yourself, who else will?" he asked. Children and the parents should have a grand vision about their life and try to achieve. The parents should have a best vision for their kids. You should have the passion about achieving your vision. Character is what you are. Let us build a special Indian character. Have this "I can do" kind of attitude, he said.

As a police man, I would like to say discipline is not just being punctual. It is persistence and perseverance. Another important thing is Ethics in your life. Ethics is part of your existence. Citing examples of personalities like Vijay Mally and Sathaym Raju, Shivanand stressed the importance of being ethical in our life. You have to take risk. Unless you stand up you cannot walk.

Computers are supposed to help us in saving our time. But today we are wasting our time on computer. I want to tell the students and parents to please spend more time on reading books. There is no shortcut at all. Obstacles are bound to be there. If obstacles are not there, there is no challenge in life. Unless you work hard you cannot achieve anything, he concluded.

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T R Doongaji
Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2017

Extremely relevant in these times. Coming from a respected, genuine and sincere friend, parents and senior citizens will do well to heed his advice.

Posted on Friday, May 12, 2017

This is an excellent article about the current scenario. Sivanandhan Sir is a very good role model and today's younger gerneration should take up his words seriously for a better tomorrow!

Posted on Friday, May 12, 2017 have done great job for parrents and future of young generation .we are
really greatful to you sir.

Darshana M Doshi
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017

Every word spoken is the truth.Mr.Shivanand is fearless and when he received life threats he would go for walks on Marine drive.
Words of wisdom from a brave man are welcome.

Mahalakshmi Sathiayan
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017

It's true that the younger generation is hooked on the gadgets and Mr Sivanandhan has articulated it beautifully. Now a days the younger generation is not aware about the members in the family tree and the relationship. Gadgets have taken away the human interaction from the minds of the younger generation. Rightly said. Time for the parents to take this up seriously.

S Balan
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017

Respected Shri Sivanandhan sir ! Hats off to you. Even after retiring from active police service you are doing a great service to the Society at large by educating the parents and children on the evils of misuse of internet, social media etc. It's connectivity leads to disconnectivity with parental and social bondage. By and large this abuse of internet is itself is a social evil which has to be nipped in the bud. To fight against this evil is everybody's responsibility. With warm regards

Leander Jude
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017

A very crisp and clear note apt for the current times and that to come.

Most important aspects that have been brought out are the need to have a vision, parental role in the vision, building character and reading books. All are intricately linked and important to build strong citizens.

Rajesh Pillai
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017

It's 100% correct evaluation done on the current generation. Here more than children's it's the parents who should understand the seriousness of the situation and where we are heading.

Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017

I absolutely agree with Sri Shivanandan sir, we as a parent and citizen all the time thinking of same problem but could not exactly point out, may I add one thing in today's scinario children of age above 13 may listen or follow more to teachers than parents, ofcourse social media has very very important role to play, may be we should train role model of their age group.. This article is eye opener at right time and need of the hour. Thanks.

Carl Dantas
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mr Sivanandhan is bang on. Today ity is not just the youth but even the older generation that is hooked on to the computers thru internet, mobile phones and other electronic gadgets and thus losing th human touch. You can see it at restaurnats where people meet for a social outing and to catch-up BUT what they are doing is checking their whatsapp, emails etc and not actually interacting with each other. Parents need to set an example at home as well as on socila outings. Well said Mr Sivanandhan, you have always lead from the front.

Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017

Such a nice n short article to read. It has a lot to b understood by this young generation. SIR is an amazing personality. Really proud of HIM.

Posted on Sunday, May 7, 2017

Being together in one house, Family members are far from each other. Children need parents love and not material love. What parents gives to their child, they will return back to their parents. If parents give their child materials and not their love then children will give materials to their parents and not their love.
It is natural. Parents should not expect love from their child if parents has given their children materials and not their love.
More than Material Love, Children need Parents Love - Material Love will fade away but not Parents Love.

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