Friday, January 30, 2009

'Abide with me' - Beating Retreat and Martyr's Day

The Republic day celebrations (26th Jan) are spectacular with ‘Beating Retreat’ at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi three days later on 29th January. The notes of ‘Abide with me’, favourite of Mahatma Gandhi is played by mass bands of armed forces with final retreat marking the end of Republic day celebrations. The bands of Army, Navy and Air Force play the traditional marching tunes.

Unfortunately, this year the Beating Retreat was cancelled due to the death of former President R Venkatraman. In 2001, due to Gujarat Earthquake, Beating Retreat was cancelled too.
Well, if you missed the notes of 'Abide with me', here's the lyrics and song to download. The song is written by Henry Lyte, a vicar who lived in the fishing village of Brixham Devon. He was dying of Tuberclosis and as he walked by the sea and heard the ebb and the flow of the tide and for the last time there, he watched the sun, he wrote the touching song.

Btw, 30th January is 'Martyr's Day' and on the occasion of Gandhi Nirman divas (Gandhiji's death day), Gujarat Vidhyapith students, staff and others have hosted a silent rally (Shantiyatra) from Gujarat Vidhyapith to Kocharab Ashram. Gujarat Philatelists Association is also hosting a three day All India Collectors Exhibition with special collection of stamps on Mahatma Gandhi. At the Sabarmati Ashram on 30th Jan evening, 'Prophet and the Poet play will be held which is about the exchange of letters between Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore.
Mahatma Gandhi lived at Gandhi Ashram from 1918 to 1930. He left with a pledge that we would not return till India became independent. On his return from South Africa, his first Ashram was established in Kochrab, Paldi in May 1915. Later shifted in June 1917 to open land on the banks of Sabarmati.

Till I update the news column, find Mahatma's Gandhi's page in Literature Profiles.

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for kids

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Listen to Aishwarya - Allah tero Naam Lyrics

Aishwarya Majmudar singing at a show 'Chote Ustad'. You can even find more songs of this young Artist in You Tube. The fairy girl has a voice of a nightingale. Winning the 'Chote Ustad' competition was one of the most memorable moments of her life, and she told in an interview, "Amitabhji referred me as his ‘bahu’, was like an icing on the cake". Watch her sing and listen to her on You Tube.

Btw, here is the lyrics of the Prayer song 'Allah tero naam, Ishwar tero naam' - a Prayer song she sang at the opening function which I referred earlier.

allah tero naam ishwar tero naam (2)
sab ko sannmati de bhagwaan (2)
allah tero naamaa

aa aa....aa aa aa...aa aa aa

maangon ka sindoor na chhoote (2)
maa bahenon ki aas na toote (2)
deh binaadeh binaa bhatake na paran
sab ko sannmati de bhagwaanallah tero naamoh saare jag ke rakhwaale (2)
nirbal ko bal dene waale (2)
balwaanon kobalwaanon ko de de gynaansab ko sannmati de bhagwaanallah tero naam ishwar tero naam (2)
allah tero naam

Find the song on You Tube here. A song from the movie 'Hum Dono', the meaningful words request god to give light to mankind. At a time, when the world wants peace, faith can move mountains and so it should! . Let there be no killings nor war, Let there be no crime. Stop Crime, Stop children to be criminals - Build the Pillars of Character.

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for Kids

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Jan 27, Lewis Caroll (Alice in Wonderland) Born. Find Literature and videos

27th January 1832 was the day when Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - (pen name Lewis Caroll) was born. A British Author, well known for her children's Literature was also a distinguished mathematician and logician who wrote several mathematical treatises as well as fiction and poetry, Lewis Carroll is best known as the creator of the classic children's novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

What I find so noticeable is the Character. As Wiki refers, "The stammer has always been a potent part of the conceptions of Dodgson; it is part of the belief that he stammered only in adult company and was free and fluent with children, but there is no evidence to support this idea. Many children of his acquaintance remembered the stammer while many adults failed to notice it."

It is believed that Lewis caroll caricatured himself as the Dodo in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and find difficulty in pronouncing his last name.

Well, here's the profile of Lewis Caroll in Literature Index and you can Add the Profile to your Literature Scrap Book. If children have yet now started a Literature Profiles Scrap Book, here's a Project to start right away and get them to add "A Character a Month" and be Literature savvy. Just like me:-) Believe it, English Literature is endless learning and so is Internet - Information Super Highway! Enjoy!

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for Kids

Search for 'Alice in Wonderland' 'Alice in wonderland tim burton' 'alice in wonderland quotes' 'alice in wonderland party' 'videos on alice in wonderland' 'images on alice in wonderland' 'alice in wonderland on kidsfreesouls' in kidsfreesouls Search here

Saturday, January 24, 2009

GCCI, Aishwarya, Tanvi Vyas and Minister Maya Kodnani at GCCI

Gujarat Chamber of Commerce inaugurated an "Exhibition of Products" Manufactured and Traded by Women Entrepreneurs. The Chief Guests were Dr. Mayaben Kodnani (Hon. Minister for Women and Child Welfare, Govt. of Gujarat), Ms. Tanvi Vyas, (Femina Miss India Earth-2008-2009) and Ms. Aishwarya Majmudar, (Winner-Amul Voice of India.)

Being 'International Girl Child Day' today (24th Jan), the Minister spoke on the various aspects to save girl child and focused on healthy moms for healthy child. She weighed stress on Literacy and was concerned that 40% girls were illiterate and more efforts can be made by educated people to devote their contribution to spread literacy. Tanvi Vyas aspired to be an Entrepreneur herself and make her place among the women who scale to top as Business women. She was inspired with the GCCI Business Women Entrepreneur who exhibited their talents and products at the venue.

GCCI Business women Chairperson Kalpana Amin welcomed the guests. Kalpana Amin who is an Artist with her Art Centre, 'Flo Art' in Vallabh Vidhyanagar where she makes Sculptures, Murals, Interior and Garden Decor. Being a successful Entrepreneur and amidst the circle of Think Tanks, she aims to inspire and encourage all the Women Entrepreneurs who participated in the Exhibition.

Aishwarya Majmudar, the young singing star from Ahmedabad who currently studies in X Grade in Delhi Public School, sang a prayer song (Allah tero naam, ishwar tero naam...) and awe-struck the Business women audience. Mentioning on Save Girl Child, she referred to serials like 'Balika Badhu' on how a girl suffers, she feels bad and awful. She wants to make difference and will try to do something for girls, women and bring a change in a system that hurts the self esteem with a gender bias. She felt that unless and until we do not bring a change in the lifestyle of women, we are underdeveloped nation. She hoped that every child gets the love of their parents irrespective of the gender and the parents do not kill girl child. She felt that girls are more ahead than boys and I feel so bad when I hear and see on news channels and media when injustice is done to girls.

Aishwarya's message to parents: Love your children and encourage them. Find their talents - whether music or arts or maybe academics. A parent's role is very important to shape the future of a child.

She opposed the Politicians and said, "Neta's always say, 'Do this, do that' but I would says, 'Be Independent' - not dependent. Work for the welfare of the nation and perform your duties to bring a change.

I have an opposite message for the song of 'Umrao Jaan' :
'Jo ab kiye ho data, aisa na ki jo,agle janam me mohe bitiya na ki jo.
(God, this time you have done, do not do this again, In my next birth, do not make me a girl)

Aishwarya tuned this to opposite:
Jo ab kiye ho data, aisa na ki jo,Har ek Janam me mohe, bitiya hi ki jo.
(God, this time you have done, do not do this again, In every birth, make me a girl only)

Here's Aishwarya's website.

Here's views related to her Achievement in an exclusive Kidsfreesouls Interview:

Kidsfreesouls: Aishwarya, how do you balance between your Music field and Education?Aishwarya: I Plan it wisely. I am on Homeschooling and get my notes. So, whenever I am free from music shows and interviews, I learn my lessons well. If my exams are in March, one month ahead, I will completely devote my time for education. Education is must and no compromise - both are equally important to me.

Kidsfreesouls : Who do you consider your Inspirational Role Model?
Aishwarya: First and foremost, My Parents. They have always stood beside me and motivated me. They have nurtured a genius in me and music being my talent, they encouraged me in this direction.

Kidsfreesouls: What are your views on social network and Internet?
Aishwarya: I am not against Social networking sites like Facebook or Orkut where my friends hang most of the time. However, I feel I am not interested in these things which even demands a lot of time. Instead, I opt for Information on the Internet. I like to download songs and go for Projects. Collecting pictures of animals and reptiles is my hobby and I have made an Album, a huge book I love to possess. I feel Internet has more Information and we can be imbibe knowledge and value education too.

Aishwarya's best friend Mudita Samir Shah had accompanied here and she gave a bouquet of flowers to raise her spirits. A very sweet, soft spoken Mudita caught attention as she spelt her charm too. And truly indeed, Aishwarya's Mom can proudly say the new Slogan 'My Daughter - Nation's Pride'.

Watch for the news on TV channels in the evening and in Google on 'Save Girl Child' Day and the GCCI Exhibition tomorrow in the morning print media newspapers in India.

I am sure, this note on 'My Daughter - Nation's Pride' (Save Girl Child) Day will inspire our Kidsfreesouls readers.

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for Kids

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Obama - Perfect Family!

As I watched the Inauguration of President Barrack Obama and the world reactions, it reminds me of these words on a card, often that I gaze, in front of my desk:

Believe in yourself, In the power you have to control your own life, day by day
Believe in the strength that you have deep inside and your faith will help you show the way.
Believe in tomorrow and what it will bring, Let a hopeful heart carry you through,For things will work out if you trust and believe
There's no limit to what you can do!
Whatever special challenges you face along life's way,
May you trust that you will always find the Best in Every Day!

Btw, here's my earlier note : How much do children know about Politics? Guide with Kidsfreesouls steps Barrack Hussein Obama : Change has come to America...

Well, here's the wonderful pics of Sasha and Malia that I came across and I am sure, you will like to watch the same. And here's the first speech of President Barrack Obama that itself is so inspiring and crystal clear that a Change will come and an era of Peace will prevail as he performs his task carrying the burden of the past and changing History with a promise for the future. However, as I mentioned earlier, here's Seven big Post-Election Questions which will consume politicians, strategists, pundits, and voters for the next few years.

Here's a poem that every child can learn and every parent need to follow the simple example of a 'Perfect family' like the Obama Family and here's on:

What Makes A Dad?

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete, And so, He called it ... Dad!

Being a Dad is boundless joy and enthusiasm and no 'only mother' role helps in gracefully upbringing children. You can find 9 ways that may help Dads stand by moms here, an article from 'Guardian of Angels' and here's 'Chicken Soup for the Soul, Cartoons for Dads - a 98% comics and 2% Quotations - Enjoy!

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for Kids

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Kite festival, music and Kids

Second day of Uttarayan and it's ever called 'Vasi Uttarayan'. However, I think, it's never Vasi (stale, old) because the festive spirit of Kite festival is so alive and enjoyable - to be on the terrace and fly kites, eat the sweet goodies and even tune in to loud music that vibrates the soul.

On the Terrace, as the music played - Hindi and English, the sound zoomed in from all directions with a remix of all. My attention caught to 'Blue' and this is an old group I am fond of. I use to visit 'Blue' website while my days in Sambhaav in 2001 while I worked as Online Editor there. I am sure, you will like to watch the videos, listen to the song and Sing Along 'Karaoke' too - Duncan, Lee, Simon, Anthony at Blue came with a Bang and are Best: read my Amazon review here:

Btw, here's Music and songs Page on Kidsfreesouls.

Music is the speech of the angels. It enhances learning, stimulates brain and promotes well being meditatively. As teachers, everyday we need to spring new ideas as we teach kids to read and write. Boring lessons almost make them less interested as the kids today are more in for play, music and computing. When kids have to copy textual answers in the classroom, they take lot of time to finish or even leave incomplete work. If they've to get to color fun or chat - even sing and dance - may of the slow learners are too quick to respond. Kids music comes in a variety but often, in Indian scenario, more popular stand, Hindi music. Children adopt what elders do and many younger kids are found humming songs with words improper for them. Instead, if music is sung with words full of meaning and learning values, children can enhance singing skills and learn moral values through music.

Well, as you can find a lot of tips in Moms Zone (parental zone), here's a review of Hi-five Music that use to appear on Pogo Channel. Grab a copy and I am sure, you will love my recommendation. Enjoy!

Let's Party with Hi-5!, 1,2,3,4 Hi-5 goes the Live Band of Kellie, Nathan, Tim, Kathleen and Charlie with their Theme song:Five in the air, Let's do it together, Five to the side,who cares about the weather?Five on the floor, The party's on at your placeFive to the front, There's a smile on my face!Ready or Not is the second playful song of Hide n seek with great lyrics by Leone carey. Love is a beautiful song with very good lyrics with feet tapping on the ground "L.O.V.E. I love you and you love me, that's the way it should be"All songs on this CD are great Fun. Hi-5 is my fav' show on TV and I never miss out any of its show and so when it comes to listening the CD, it's Fun singing and dancing with kids with the gift pack I recently received from my bro who been for vacation overseas. Hi-5 caters to wide range of younger kids focusing on their cognitive skills and learning flares. The five have refreshing ideas for kids as they action sing the songs emphasizing on different areas of 'intelligence' and bringing in awareness to the kid's world with:

*Language fun of stories, rhymes and games songs,
*Logical thinking and mathematical puzzles of shapes, mazes, patterns,
*Music fun with beat, rythm and melody, *Body moves such as jumping, hopping n the like,
*Exploring emotional areas through stories to enhance sociol skills etc.

Educational based songs Hi-5 are lively singing sensation that you fall in love with all of the Fabulous Five as they not only have a great voice but also expressions to match with. Tim is lovable and so is Nathan, Kathleen is fun and so is Charlie and Kellie! The Karaoke version is fun singing the lyrics along with It's Party, Love, Ready or not, Robot, Feel the Beat. Five senses, Charlie's ABC, Jump forward, So Many Animals are all great numbers for kids. It's merrier days again for adults who love kiddies music fun. Hi-5 do remind of songs like 'Time to be Happy' and 'Wear a great Big smile upon your Face' and so, if you love those songs, Hi-5 Album is just 'Ultimate' for kids and for All. It's Double the Fun, jumping n jive' with the happy ole days and make the kids merrier floating them free to grow up - free from the stress n burden of education for a change, free from the big bad world as they sing and dance with this Pick - At Home, in school or having fun Partying. A great Pick.

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for Kids

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Happy Uttarayan

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride
If dreams had wings, we can be Pegasus and fly.......

Life is a bundle of joys and sorrows. We have to cross the stormy seas, climb the rugged mountains and walk through the thickest shrubs. Sometimes what we say is that we dont do and what we dream is that we never get, what we think, we can never say and our wishes, hopes and concerns remain buried in our hearts. Let Uttarayan mark the day for writing messages on the kites. May our united wishes, hopes, concerns and super scoops of quotes be the menu for life, meaningful to all readers and touch the hearts somewhere. Let it stir the feelings within of cherished memories, faith and freedom for all Free souls.

Uttarayan - Kite Flying Day-Buggy Sports
- ilaxi patel

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Don't Worry, Be Happy!

January 11 is all set for World Laughter Day as it was first started in Mumbai in 1998 to spread a Laughter Yoga Meditation. Plato once remarked, "Even the Gods love jokes" and sure, who doesn't? Koran says, "He deserves Paradise who makes his companions laugh." When children are born, most of them start crying but an angel child always begin life 'smiling' It is a rare thing but imagine, smile takes to miles and that's what we teach our child to live longer, live healthier as he smiles his way to grow gracefully.

Ever though, how do we teach a child to Laugh? Consider a thought and teaching children to laugh is the best way to lead them to Laughter meditation and build a healthy atmosphere around them. Laughter pulls down stress, anxiety, anger, grief or depression in adults too. Laughter has many benefits for children like:

1. Laughter makes children cheery
2. Laughter makes them more creative
3. Laughter helps children make good friends
4. Laughter is rejuvenating and regenerating as they learn their lessons
5. Laughter gives you a break from your conscious thoughts and help build confidence
6. Laughter opens their heart and they become more friendlier and good at heart
7. Laughter stimulates physical healing esp. when children are sick or suffering from pain

Normally, we find parents or teachers saying, "Stop, don't laugh. Be serious" - What we require is to teach them discipline but at the same time, teach them 'humor'. Lessons of life brings in bundles of joy to ourselves when we too, follow 'The Be (Happy) Attitudes and all the attitudes that transform life. If we say cheese to any strife saying, "I can choose to be happy - anyways" it brings a change to our Attitude as well as, changes attitude towards our children and family too. Here's Laugh Aloud Page with Jokes for children and Attitude page here. Also Be Happy Attitudes here. Here's a review of the Robert Schuller's Book which might help you to Be Happy and Laugh way to Life :

The Magic rules to Be Happy Attitude - Make a Difference!Review by ilaxi patel
(Find more in Amazon Book Reviews and Recommendation Page)

Robert Schuller's another Best Spiritual release drawing from the famous section of the Sermon on the Mount, the Bible tales. Rob emphasis on the eight positive mental attitudes that transforms life. Rob says 'Let faith flow freely...and you can climb the rugged mountains, cross the stormy seas and fly on high skies. This is one great book I possess which helps me easen up my spirits when things really fall apart. When mysteries of life encircle you to find the inner feeling 'How to be Happy' inspite of good health, wealth, friends, job satisfaction etc, its a bed side shelf book to peek into the 'Be Happy Attitudes' :

1. I need Help, I can't do it alone!
2. I'm really hurting but going to bounce back
3. I'm going to remain cool, calm and corrected
4. I really want to do the right thing
5. I'm going to treat others the way I want them to treat me
6. I've got to let faith flow freely through me
7. I'm going to be a bridge builder 8. I can choose to be happy, anway!

If you really want to read the 'right stuff' - adopt a 'Go for it' Attitude towards your life and dreams.

- ilaxi patel Editor,
Author of Guardian of Angels: A practical guide to Joyful Parenting

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Sun Sign Character Traits and number reading

Do you believe in Sun Signs? I just got an email today which you might find Interesting. However, I do not feel you need to forward to get those lucks! What is going to happen will happen and why good things happen to bad people? Maybe to make them better. Still you can try forwarding and let good luck knock your door!

Here the mail says:

VIRGO - The Perfectionist Dominant in relationships.. Conservative. Always wants the last word. Argumentative. Worries. Very smart. Dislikes noise and chaos. Eager. Hardworking. Loyal. Beautiful. Easy to talk to. Hard to please. Harsh. Practical and very fussy. Often shy. Pessimistic. 7 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

SCORPIO - The Intense One Very energetic. Intelligent. Can be jealous and/or possessive. Hardworking. Great kisser. Can become obsessive or secretive. Holds grudges. Attractive. Determined. Loves being in long relationships. Talkative. Romantic. Can be self-centered at times. Passionate and Emotional.
4 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

LIBRA - The Harmonizer Nice to everyone they meet. Can't make up their mind. Have own unique appeal. Creative, energetic, and very social. Hates to be alone. Peaceful, generous. Very loving and beautiful. Flirtatious. Give in too easily. Procrastinators. Very gullible.
9 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

ARIES - The Daredevil Energetic. Adventurous and spontaneous. Confident and enthusiastic. Fun. Loves a challenge... EXTREMELY impatient. Sometimes selfish. Short fuse. (Easily angered.) Lively, passionate, and sharp wit. Outgoing. Lose interest quickly - easily bored. Egotistical. Courageous and assertive. Tends to be physical and athletic.
16 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

AQUARIUS - The Sweetheart Optimistic and honest. Sweet personality. Very independent. Inventive and intelligent. Friendly and loyal. Can seem unemotional. Can be a bit rebellious. Very stubborn, but original and unique Attractive on the inside and out. Eccentric personality.
11 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

GEMINI - The Chatterbox Smart and witty. Outgoing, very chatty. Lively, energetic. Adaptable but needs to express themselves. Argumentative and outspoken. Likes change. Versatile. Busy, sometimes nervous and tense. Gossips. May seem superficial or inconsistent, but is only changeable. Beautiful physically and mentally.
5 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

LEO - The Boss Very organized. Need order in their lives - like being in control. Like boundaries. Tend to take over everything. Bossy. Like to help others. Social and outgoing. Extroverted. Generous, warm-hearted. Sensitive. Creative energy. Full of themselves. Loving. Doing the right thing is important to Leos. Attractive.
13 years of bad luck if you do not ?forward.

CANCER - The Protector Moody, emotional. May be shy. Very loving and caring. Pretty/handsome. Excellent partners for life. Protective. Inventive and imaginative. Cautious. Touchy-feely kind of person. Needs love from others. Easily hurt, but sympathetic.
16 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

PISCES - The Dreamer Generous, kind, and thoughtful. Very creative and imaginative. May become secretive and vague. Sensitive. Don't like details Dreamy and unrealistic. Sympathetic and loving. Kind. Unselfish. Good kisser. Beautiful.
8 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

CAPRICORN - The Go-Getter Patient and wise. Practical and rigid. Ambitious. Tends to be good-looking. Humorous and ?funny. Can be a bit shy and reserved. Often pessimists. Capricorns tend to act before they think and can be unfriendly y at times. Hold grudges. Like competition. Get what they want.
20 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

TAURUS - The Enduring One Charming but aggressive. Can come off as boring, but they are not. Hard workers. Warm-hearted. Strong, has endurance. Solid beings who are stable and secure in their ways. Not looking for shortcuts. Take pride in their beauty. Patient and reliable. Make great friends and give good advice. Loving and kind. Loves hard - passionate. Express themselves emotionally. Prone to ferocious temper-tantrums. Determined. Indulge themselves often. Very generous.
12 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

SAGITTARIUS - The Happy-Go-Lucky One Good-natured optimist. Doesn't want to grow up (Peter Pan Syndrome). Indulges self. Boastful. Likes luxuries and gambling. Social and outgoing. Doesn't like responsibilities. Often fantasizes. Impatient. Fun to be around. Having lots of friends. Flirtatious. Doesn't like rules. Sometimes hypocritical. Dislikes being confined - tight spaces or even tight clothes. Doesn't like being doubted. Beautiful inside and out.
14 years of bad luck if you do not forward.

Well, you can find your Sun Sign Character and Number reading here on Kidsfreesouls. I am not an astrologer but my predictions to your sun sign character and Cheiro reading on numbers may prove correct. Give Bouquets or brickbats. And if you've missed the Sun Sign Dance steps, here's a link again on how to choose your Dance steps as per your sun sign. Enjoy!

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for kids

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Phishing scams in Twitter and Facebook too!

A big phishing attack hit Twitter users worldwide, forcing the micro-blogging service to advise its users to change their passwords. Phishers are now targeting the microblogging service Twitter to promote a widespread phishing campaign tricking celebrities and other users into submitting their personal information for identity theft and other illegal activities.
On 3rd Jan, it was noticed that many users got direct messages to follow a link but for me, it was a strange way to know Twitter phishing as I noticed the backgrounds of my site changed to Twitter profile background.

Read more on this on Kidsfreesouls and Tech blog here.

If you have a Twitter Account, change the password and a tip here, change the bg too! If you have a Facebook account or My Space, watch for Phishing as it could strike any time! Facebook have fraudsters targeting Phishing in Jan too.

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for kids

Monday, January 05, 2009

Social networking and Kids!

The start of the year has been a nightmarish experience for me in terms of tech and phishing scams of Twitter. When we are facing such problems which disrupt our thought process, it becomes difficult to concentrate on writing and adding to the blog as most of the time, we have to devote managing these issues of concern.

I wonder, how safe can be the kids? Social networking sites which do not allow children below 18, are full of children below 18! They are adding friends to multiples and even uploading pictures which seem to be a hobby of even the adults. We find people adding friends and pictures - I wonder, how do we remember 500 friends in our list!!! And why do we have to show pictures to people who are just in friends list and mean nothing to us!

Here's Telegraph on A new poll reveals how their parents are embracing new technologies to keep in contact with them during term time. Three quarters of parents (75 per cent) are on social networking sites such as Facebook and over two thirds (64 per cent) are 'friends' with their children, enabling them to have regular contact and updates on what their children are getting up to while away from home.The majority of parents (78 per cent) feel that new technologies such as SMS text messaging, Skype and Facebook have made it easier for them to communicate with their student children, according to a poll released today from the Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills (DIUS). While old fashioned landline telephones remain a popular communication tool (44 per cent), many parents are relying on mobile phones (52 per cent), emails (35 percent), social networking sites (23 per cent) and the internet (16 per cent) as their main way of contacting their children. One in ten (10 per cent) have even set up a blog to communicate with their children and 12 per cent are using web cams, according to research which questioned 1,000 parents with children either currently at university or whose children have left in the last five years.

What is required is 'Safety' - Here's the vision of K-12 students video and here's on Social Networking and kids which might interest you and keep kids safe on the web. Also here's on chat and email etiquettes which I've written earlier.

Well, this reminds me - January is a Hobby Month. In case, you missed the Projects Page, do find January Projects here.

When we ask kids, they have their choice like stamp collecting, pets, marble collection, singing, drawing, dancing ....and the list go on. Computing and playing games is a hobby that is favorite among children today.

Albert Einstein thought ‘Nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mostly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wreck and ruin without fail’
All we need to encourage is Creativity. Lessons apart, a child needs to be nurtured to create a Genius. We need not insist children to follow a hobby we like but instead, find their intelligence skills and nurture their Genius minds in the category they fall in like:

1. Linquistic skills
2. Creative skills
3. Logical skills
4. Music
5. Bodily movements
6. spatial intelligence
7. Empathy and self understanding
8. Harmonious and intra personal capablities

As John Watson, the American psychologists and father of Behaviorism sets down in his theory saying ‘Learning is conditioning.” The kid is to be motivated to be a Genius and this is where the ‘Temperament style’ of every kid needs a keen observation from the very start.

Find How to create a Genius in your Child - Follow the Projects here and let kids enjoy Hobbies for the whole Month January.

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for Kids