Residents at a block of flats built over what used to be slums in Chennai. While more privileged parents are concerned about the effects of additional screen time, poorer parents have completely different worries. Photo: AFPResidents at a block of flats built over what used to be slums in Chennai. While more privileged parents are concerned about the effects of additional screen time, poorer parents have completely different worries. Photo: AFP
Residents at a block of flats built over what used to be slums in Chennai. While more privileged parents are concerned about the effects of additional screen time, poorer parents have completely different worries. Photo: AFP
Chryselle D’Silva Dias
Opinion

Opinion

Chryselle D’Silva Dias

India’s lockdown digital divide: How online classes are excluding poor and unconnected schoolchildren

  • It is a huge source of stress, not just for the parents who cannot afford to be online and connected, but also for their children, who struggle to keep up with their lessons
  • Educators must show more sensitivity and compassion towards students who do not have access to the technology required, and go the extra mile to keep them in school

Residents at a block of flats built over what used to be slums in Chennai. While more privileged parents are concerned about the effects of additional screen time, poorer parents have completely different worries. Photo: AFPResidents at a block of flats built over what used to be slums in Chennai. While more privileged parents are concerned about the effects of additional screen time, poorer parents have completely different worries. Photo: AFP
Residents at a block of flats built over what used to be slums in Chennai. While more privileged parents are concerned about the effects of additional screen time, poorer parents have completely different worries. Photo: AFP
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