14 schools took part in the online event; Niloy Jana of Army Public School was best speaker
Is parental supervision more effective than parental control? Cooped up at home with a pandemic raging outside, this question is perhaps on every student’s mind.
Amity University asked schoolkids for their opinion by hosting an inter-school debate on the topic with 14 participating schools.
The schools that made it to the final round on May 28 were Delhi Public School (DPS), Newtown; DAV Public School, Midnapore; MP Birla Foundation Higher Secondary School, Kolkata; and Army Public School, Barrackpore.
“School students are full of bright ideas and we always try to motivate them so that they can channelise their energies in the right direction. Throughout the year, we engage with young minds at the school level through regular workshops, webinars, virtual lectures, debates and quizzes,” said Satyendra Pratap Chowdhury, manager, marketing & communications, Amity University.
Eight students were shortlisted by a jury panel from the four schools and divided into two groups of four -- one for the motion and one against it. The preliminary selection round had students from all the 14 schools writing a minimum 200-word piece on the topic, ‘Can people save nature using technology?’
The final round of the debate was on whether ‘Parental supervision is more effective than parental control’, and the team speaking against the motion won.
The winning team members are Sukanya Kundu from Army Public School; Gargee Das from DAV Public School; Mahesh Nair from MP Birla Foundation Higher Secondary School; and Niloy Jana from Army Public School. Niloy was also adjudged the best speaker.
Saranya Seal, a Bioscience student of Class XII from MP Birla Foundation Higher Secondary School, was part of the team that spoke for the motion. He argued that parental control undermines the trust in the parent-child relationship and reduces the child’s ability to express themselves, which can lead to low self-confidence.
“The freedom allowed in case of parental supervision induces creative and positive thinking in a child,” said Saranya.
Niloy, who spoke against the motion and was chosen the best speaker, differed. “Without parental control, parental supervision can’t have any effect other than just identifying the problems in children. You need the right amount of control over your child to guide them and help them choose the right path in life,” he said.
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