CHANDIGARH,23.10.20- When everyone is faced with challenges and emotional stress, it is only positive thoughts and actions that help one cut through the testing times. The guest speakers Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Dean Of the College, Head of Psychology Department from Post-Graduate Government College, Sector 46, Chandigarh, Dr. Arpita Kapur, an Anaesthesiologist, ASMO, Civil Hospital, Panchkula, Mrs. Pratibha Singh, Sub Inspector, Cyber Crime Investigation Cell, Chandigarh and Mr. Rajendar Suhag, Senior Operator and Cyber Expert, Chandigarh Police addressed concerns and queries of parents and students. Dr. Arpita Kapur spoke at length on the SOPs related to Reopening of the School Preparations to made by the School and the cautious approach to be adopted by the learners. Dr. Rajesh Kumar touched upon the psychological aspects of the present situation, and its impact on the students, their parents and teachers alike. Ms. Partibha threw light on how to safely navigate the cyber world and mitigate the risks that wait online.

The webinar was moderated by Ms. Pooja Prakash, Principal.

Happiness is an inside job. The phrase was aptly exemplified in the interaction with Dr. Rajesh Kumar. The teachers, learners, and the parents were accorded the opportunity to learn the tips to develop a positive attitude towards life. He stated that in these uncertain and unpredictable times feelings of anger, depression, chronic stress and aggression are widespread. He focused on the components that build up stress during the pandemic such as anxiety of illness, social distancing, and uncertainty regarding the new normal. He said that these can be resolved by doing meditation, eliminating negativity, and spreading positive messages. He also shared a few tips on how to keep a balance between study time and ‘me time’. He suggested maintaining a daily schedule like walking time, taking multiple breaks, spending time with family, reading books etc. He also stressed on following Four D’s Strategy i.e Delay, Destruction, Deep breathing and Drinking Water. There is a need to adapt to changes in life, focus on positive communication and value system, leading a healthy lifestyle by listening to music, doing meditation and exercise.

Dr. Kapur, through her equally impressive PPT presentation, brought awareness regarding the present condition, symptoms and prevention of Coronavirus spread. She also appreciated the process of online teaching and that said that it was a preferred mode for many. She advised everyone to enjoy the festive season this year virtually. She stressed on the famous quote “Prevention is better than cure”. Sharing SOPs on usage of mask, sanitizers, she laid stress on maintaining social distancing, diet as well as hygiene.

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Even though there is an excessive use of technology, the prevailing knowledge regarding the crimes occurring in Cyberspace is inadequate. In order to understand the various concerns and challenges related to Cyber Crime and how to protect oneself from becoming a victim, a session on Cyber Security was taken by Ms. Partibha Singh, Sub Inspector of Cyber Crime, Investigation Cell, Chandigarh. She apprised everyone on how to remain digitally safe during online classes and also during using social networking sites. She stressed that the parents should develop confidence in their children that they feel free to share their problems with them. Proper monitoring of usage of the mobile phones was advised. The audience was introduced to various terminologies like Cyber Bullying, Hacking etc. She stressed on counseling of the students who are addicted to the virtual world. She also shared the website for reporting Cyber Crime.

An unending series of queries in the chatbox, and an overwhelming response from the parents and students alike for the school for organizing such an the informative webinar took it to its successful culmination.