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Fortis Hospital, Mulund conducts Pro-Social Peer Moderator program for school students

Date : July 27, 2016

Fortis Hospital, Vashi on Wednesday successfully conducted the Pro-Social Peer Moderator Programme, which is aimed at imparting life-skills among school children to weather plethora of social influences for a healthy and adaptive behavior in their formative years. This year’s edition focused on two major student problems: bullying in schools and influence of media exposure.

To help school children combat bullying experience in schools, the team of Dr Samir Parikh, Director, Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, has conducted an innovative prevention and intervention “Bully to Buddy” Programme, which is created in selfsustaining format requiring minimum support from the external experts for its continued application. In the first phase, an intensive training in imparted to a schoolrecommended Anti-Bullying Squad, which consists of students from each identified class and a team of teachers. In the second stage, the Anti-Bullying Squad conducts a 45minute bullying awareness programme with their peers, while talking to them about the squad and its role. As a follow-up, a 1-hour booster session with the Anti- Bullying Squad will be conducted after 3 months to understand progress as well as help with identified struggles.

Another module of the Programme was conducted to address the burning issue of influence of Media Exposure on impressionable adolescent student minds. The New-age Social Media bombards individuals with thousands of media messages each day and the adolescent population is its single-largest consumer. The media has been implicated in increased aggression, unhealthy lifestyle/life choices and lowered self-esteem. A Fortis Healthcare Study conducted amongst 1350 school-going youth in Delhi/NCR aged 14-17 years to analyse the effect of media on attitudes, opinions, lifestyles of adolescents revealed that 74% youth in DelhiNCR rely on Social Media for news, fashion, lifestyle and as many as 77% of them are influenced by television.

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