Although youngsters, especially schoolgoing children, are often discouraged for using social networking platforms in excess - considering the exams season is at its peak - one such messaging application, WhatsApp, has proved to be really helpful for students.
Teachers and parents, who go through equal amount of stress during exams and play an important role in mentoring students, are equally positive towards the new trend, which has also been popular among rural students.
Several active user students, while talking to HT, claimed the app has helped them in several ways, including sharing different ideas, solving problems related to different subjects, exchanging notes, clearing doubts from teachers, doing final revisions, etc.
Considering the active user base of the app, most schools have also created WhatsApp groups’ of different classes, wherein students can clear doubts from others by sharing questions on separate groups.
Navjeet Kaur, a housewife, whose children study in Class 9 and 10, said, “At times, you need instant notes related to a subject, and with WhatsApp, you don’t need to rush to your classmate or friend’s house. Without bothering to photocopy the notes, you can just share them on app. Also, with teachers in these groups,
students can always clear doubts, ”said Kaur.
Gurpreet Kaur, a Class-10 student from DAV Public School, Pakhowal Road, highlighted, “With the exam season at its peak, we always want to clear doubts with classmates or teachers. Without any hassle, or wasting time, the app lets to discuss these things.” Most principals and teachers, who talked to HT, said though the app is helpful for students in many ways, it can also be misused. They suggest keeping an eye on children’s activities on the app to ensure they don’t get distracted.
“Several entertainment messages keep coming on the app, which can distract students from studies, so parents should keep a tab on children’s activities, ”said Jaskaranjit Kaur, principal, Nankana Sahib Senior Section School, Kila Raipur.
Anup Kumar, principal of school for meritorious students, Tagore Nagar, said, “The trend is also popular among rural students, and is a perfect example of how we can utilise technology for our benefit but it’s misuse must be monitored. So parents and teachers will have to be very careful.”
Benefits of WhatsApp groups
Exchanging of different ideas
Helpful in solving problems related to subjects
Clearing doubts from teachers