Teaching Digital Citizenship to your Child


The time is long past where parents could shield their children from the ills of social media or keep them away from gadgets. Now gadgets are a ubiquitous aspect of a child’s life, irrespective of his or her age. It has been well-documented that colleges and recruiters go through a potential candidate’s digital footprint before making decisions. With the growing number of teens using social media, the need to communicate on how to conduct yourself online has become vital. It is important for them to know that what they put out on social media today can cause trouble to them tomorrow.

Online behavioural conduct is referred to as digital citizenship. Digital citizenship is the quality of online behaviour that impacts content. By acting responsibly and respectfully, not only can your child enjoy all the offerings of the internet, he or she can also be protected from cyber bullying.
A few basics to share with your child:

  1. Using appropriate language– Children will use the internet to communicate with not only their friends but also their teachers, relatives and the world as a whole. Thus, using appropriate language is necessary.
  2. Mutual respect– Every person has an opinion and respecting that is vital. In case of a disagreement, be polite. Avoid forcing your point on someone or unnecessary verbal debates.
  3. Plagiarism– It is easy to copy someone else’s work and pass it on as your own. The only rule for plagiarism is to not do it. Give credit where it is due.
  4. Think before you post– It is always a good idea to think about how others might feel on the post you wish to share. Don’t be hasty.

As parents, just like you teach your child values and behaviours that you wish them to emulate, the same holds true when they make their foray into the world of social media. With these basic yet simple guidelines, you can help your child to have a healthy digital presence.

Interschool Swimming Competition Organised On The Occasion Of National Sports Day Celebration at VIBGYOR High – Airoli


National Sports Day is celebrated across the nation on the occasion of Major Dhyan Chand’s birthday and VIBGYOR High made sure that sports forms the focal point of the day. VIBGYOR High School, Airoli, organised an Inter-school Swimming Competition, to commemorate the National Sports Day and promote swimming as a competitive sport amongst students. The event was held in the school premises on 29 August 2016.

150 students came together to participate in the competition, displaying their swimming skills in varied styles – Free Style, Breast Stroke, Back Stroke and Butterfly Stroke. The competition was held across 4 age categories, namely – U6, U8, U10 and U12 for both, boys and girls. Among the other schools who participated in the event, Pawar Public School, Oberoi International School, Hiranandani Foundation, Lodha World School and a few more featured on the winning list. The winners from each category were awarded with a certificate and a medal.

Mr. Kishore Iyengar, Principal, VIBGYOR High School, Airoli was all praises for the students who participated in the competition. Expressing his views about the event, he said, “At VIBGYOR High, participation in different sports is highly emphasised as we believe that it helps in building essential skills in students, while also helping them stay fit. On this special day which is celebrated as National Sports Day, we wish to pay a tribute to Major Dhyan Chand by hosting the interschool swimming competition in our school. I am glad to see the enthusiasm in the young stars.”

The table below lists the winners, the school they represent and the category they excelled in:

EventGenderStudent NameSchoolTiming


20 M Free StyleBoysVihaan ChaturvediLodha World School0:22:12
GirlsAlish ChaudhariVile Parle Mahila Sangh School00:20:17


20 M Free StyleBoysChetan MalonkarICES International School00:15:86
GirlsHargoon VridiVIBGYOR High, Airoli00:17:48
20 M Back StrokeBoysChetan MalonkarICES International School00:17:59
GirlsJoana RaphaelVIBGYOR High, Airoli00:22:50


40 M Free StyleBoysAryan DinakaranSri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir00:27:44
GirlsBethany FurtadoMIPS00:29:53
40 M Breast StrokeBoysAryan DinakaranSri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir00:37:15
GirlsBethany FurtadoMIPS00:40:04
40 M Back StrokeBoysAryan DinakaranSri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir00:34:40
GirlsBethany FurtadoMIPS00:34:44
40 M Butterfly StrokeBoysAryan DinakaranSri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir00:29.43
GirlsBethany FurtadoMIPS00:32:62


40 M Free StyleBoysDeven KaleVIBGYOR High, Airoli00:29:66
GirlsShraddha ShettyHiranandani Foundation00:29:69
40 M Breast StrokeBoysDeven KaleVIBGYOR High, Airoli00:43:91
GirlsShraddha ShettyHiranandani Foundation00:42:08
40 M Back StrokeBoysDeven KaleVIBGYOR High, Airoli00:39:34
GirlsShraddha ShettyHiranandani Foundation00:41:97
40 M Butterfly StrokeBoysDeven KaleVIBGYOR High, Airoli00:34:75
GirlsShraddha ShettyHiranandani Foundation00:36:81

How to be a good parent?


Being a parent is perhaps the toughest job. Even without the difficulty added by gadgets, social media, etc. parenting is a hard job. Good parenting is walking a fine line between being your child’s best friend and inculcating values and principles in your child. While building a rapport with your child is important (especially as they start to grow older), it is equally important to “teach” your child.

Frugality and resisting temptation is a lesson in making appropriate financial decisions learnt as a child. As a parent you want your child to have the best the world has to offer but at the same time, fulfilling all their wishes might lead to poor understanding of finances and what it means to wait.

Extra-curricular classes are great and help your child hone a skill, learn a hobby, explore an activity or meet different people. But filling every hour of every day with such activities should be strictly avoided. “Down time” or time spent doing “nothing” is a great way for your child’s brain to process the day’s events and self-introspection.

Gadgets may give you an easy way to stay in touch with your child, even keep track of their digital footprint, but are poor substitutes for hugs, kisses, praises, pats on the back, “live” conversations and general human contact. Don’t underestimate the power a hug can have over all the emoticons that you can send on your smart phones.

Many times we don’t realise this but the negativity we read and see on social media has a direct impact on our moods, even our dreams. Staying away from them may be impossible but filtering and consciously trying to not let it affect your interactions is the least you can do.

The best that any parent can do is being involved and “showing up” when your child needs you. As the saying goes, “In bringing up children, spend on them half as much money and twice as much time.”