Rate of Aborted Female Fetuses increases in India

Fetuses are being aborted at higher rates in India than ever before, new data from the national census have revealed a ratio of 914 girls for every 1000 boys, embarrassing a government with a nominal commitment to end discrimination against female children. This trend comes against an overall picture painted by the census of considerable progress in the country: Population growth has slowed, with fewer people being added in the past decade than the one previous.

This topic raises serious concerns about infanticide that is occurring in the most populated countries on the planet; India and China. “In 2011, to have sex ratios that are so pathetic – how can you talk about development?” states Ms. Sarojini a leading campaigner on the issue.

The gender selection issues all relate back to the anti-female bias that is rampant in patriarchal societies. Many times when baby girls are born they are forced to suffer neglect and lower education, that sometimes results in murder.

Although the government in India claims to be battling gender selective abortions they could be much more active in taking action against the issue. Gender inequality is still a huge factor in most of the world. Patriarchal societies enforce this and result in the mistreatment of women around the world. We need to fight back against gender inequality and keep the practice of feminism alive.

By: Nicole Johns

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/asia-pacific/rate-of-aborted-female-fetuses-increases-in-india/article1968017/

Digitalization: Changing what it means to be a kid

The kids of yesterday looked forward to climbing trees, riding bicycles, playing hop scotch, and occasionally watching television. Within the past decade all of this has changed. Today’s kids are highly technological beings who spend upwards of 50 hours a week using social media according to experts. A new study called “Always Connected: The New Digital Media Habits of Young Children” reports that 80% of American children ages 0-5 use the Internet on at least  a weekly basis.

Although the effects of the extensive use of social media on young people is still unknown, there will likely be effects. Young people’s brains aren’t fully developed; and the daily use of internet and social media will impact the development of the brain in some way.

Things have changed dramatically from when I was young. The only computer I had access to was a huge monitor that took up most of the space on the desk. Today children have their own expensive laptops that they can use anywhere. Most children I grew up with were only allowed to use computers at home in a common area where a parent could monitor what was going on. This unsupervised Internet access causes serious privacy and safety issues for children.

Of course computers and the internet have become part of our every day life and life as we know it would not be possible without them. Children are changing now too as they become accustomed to using the internet at an early age parents need to take precautions to protect them from online predators and teach them to separate fantasy from reality.

By: Nicole Johns