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Why has the hostel stopped communication between children & parents?

Q: My 12-year-old child is studying in the VIIth standard and has been admitted to a boarding school this year. The boarding school has banned phone calls to the parents as a part of punishment on the plea that it is in welfare of the child. How does this affect the child's growth? The telephonic communication with parents, as punishment - without any fault of his has been stopped for weeks together?

A:This is a question that you should ask the school authorities. Generally, a punishment is given to an individual child for a specific act. Sometimes, it is a collective punishment, signifying a rule or value endorsed by the school. Perhaps the school found that some children were using telephones too frequently and instead of identifying a small number of students doing so, just made it a general rule. Perhaps, you could negotiate with the school authorities and see if the students could be allowed to receive calls from their parents at specified times. Possibly, the ban will be lifted, when students realize that telephones are both a convenience and a privilege.

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