Mumbai: India has produced sporting legends including Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Major Dhyan Chand, Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Vishwanathan Anand, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal and many more. But it looks like they have failed to impress parents. Sports and games are means of mental and physical growth and although sports facilities are being developed in rural and semi-urban areas, but surprisingly many parents do not agree on it these days.
At least 60 percent sports persons, mainly child, surveyed in a national report said they did not receive any encouragement from their parents to participate in sporting activities. The survey was conducted by TV channel Cartoon Network on children’s habits, hobbies and their icons.
Nearly 41 percent children said they had never read a storybook.
The survey was conducted in 26 cities over a period of two months covering 3,700 parents and 3,100 children between the ages of 7 and 14 years.
According to the survey report, 45% parents did not motivate their children to participate in sports. “Maybe it’s because parents think children should focus on studies,” said Chandrika Katya, whose daughter studies in Class 11.
Less than 50% parents said they had played with their children in the past week. “Parental pressure on children to pursue academic success may produce children with imbalanced personal development,” said Kamini Rege, assistant professor, College of Home Science Nirmala Niketan, specialising in human development.
About 63% of parents said they “sometimes” monitored their child’s Internet habits. “I keep a watch on what they are doing,” said Seema Parekh, a parent of two. “I feel it is better to keep a watch.”