Dear all, I think the plight of present day children is quite pathetic. With scientific and technological advance , children of today are very fast to grasp anything (and everything) and are generally very intelligent. But are they brisk and healthy? I see many kids whiling away their time glued to the kids TV channels. The others - at the computer playing games etc All these screen watch is 1. not good for the eyes .2.develops bad posture and therby pain 3. bad eating habits 4.they are oblivious to everything except the screen 5.don't listen to anything the parents say as they are busy watching 6. do not have any exercise at all 7. miss out on reading 8. miss out on playing with friends Of course all these are typical only during holidays. :yes:many of them attend summer classese to spend the time usefully; but still there must be other things to do. Like playing outdoors - simple games like making mud idliies, cakes etc. ; teacher and students, and many other interesting games. Whatever happenned to our traditional games like Pandi, aeroplane pandi, Anju kal and ezhangal ? Pandi is a good game requiring pecision and skill and is good exercise to the players. To top it all ie is such an interesting and simple game. Our goli)marble) and pambaram(TOP) are wonderful games requiring skill and sharpens the sight. The present day power rangers top is good fun without the need for any skill.:icon_frown: The anju kal is such good exercise for the fingers. Oh, I almost forgot the skipping! Does any kid ever skip now!? Dinner in the moonlight with story tellng is out; Watching the couds changing patterns and imagining them as different animals and things has becme a story of the olden days. singing. group singing, reciting rhymes in the night under the open sky has completely gone. Kids rarely get a chance to see the sky,moon and the stars. It is so sad the kids are burdened with lots of studies, homework and co-curricular activities that they hardly have anytime to be free to pursue whatever they want to., during the term days. I do not deny that the TV and computer in modreate doses are entertaining as well as educating. Any of this in moderation is good. I wish there were academies or summer classes to teach our traditional games and let them play as they like with friends . A healthy , brisk future generation is what we want - not couch potatoes and computer addicts.