New Delhi: Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi was baffled a bit when, during Pariksha Par Charcha 2.0, a mother asked him how to ensure her son, a Class-IX student was not too distracted by online games. He said, “Ye PUBG wala hai kya? (Is he a PUBG gamer?),” setting the audience roaring with laughter.
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The Prime Minister then added that children should not be completely kept off technology. He said, “Explore ways in which you encourage your children towards accepting and understanding technology. But remember, technology should be used to expand our horizons, not to let it shrink us in our life. It should not be allowed to narrow us down, as that would be very harmful for us.”
Expressing delight to be part of the event, Modi tweeted on Tuesday: “Join the Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0 Town Hall! Delighted to be among our Yuva Shakti.”
“Like everything else, technology too comes with its positives and negatives. As parents, we must guide our children to get the most from technology. Encourage their inquisitiveness on learning about various apps… like how to build something, or cook something,” PM Modi added.
If parents take the initiative, their children would hopefully move from “PlayStation to the playground,”he remarked.
PUBG or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is an online multi-player game that has been banned in schools in PM Modi’s home state Gujarat. The game was launched in December 2017 and has a huge fan-base in India.