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Sensitise students, parents about cyber threats, online bullying: Delhi govt to schools – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Delhi authorities has directed schools within the nationwide capital to sensitise college students and parents about cyber bullying and online threats throughout Covid-19 pandemic and the way to defend kids from these dangers.

The educating and studying actions moved online since March final 12 months when a nationwide lockdown was imposed in view of the pandemic.

In a letter to faculty heads, the Directorate of Education (DoE) mentioned faculty training has shifted from the carefree days of studying collectively within the secure faculty setting to online mode of gaining data throughout Covid-19.

“The internet spaces are growing and multiplying and data security, privacy and protection is inadequate to keep a check on this. It is important that everyone is aware of the risks that could be associated with being connected to internet,” the Directorate of Education (DoE) mentioned in a letter to schools.

“In addition, the students need to be warned against these risks and it is extremely important for us to ensure that every possible step is taken towards giving our children safe spaces to learn that keep their innocence and cater to their curiosity in a non-harmful way,” it added.

The Directorate mentioned a research has been carried out by India Child Protection Fund (ICPF) concerning online exploitation of kids and improve in actions associated to youngster sexual abuse materials which signifies a pointy rise in demand for online youngster pornography throughout lockdown.

“Hence, it is imperative to make children and their parents aware about the safe use of internet,” it mentioned.

The DoE has requested schools to refer to tips on “safe online learning in times of Covid-19” which have been collectively developed by the NCERT and UNESCO.

The booklet containing the rules was launched by Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal in June final 12 months. The booklet is aimed to “sanitise” the digital house and be certain that all stakeholders together with lecturers, college students, and parents are secure as moved to digital modes.

The ebook informs college students about what cyberbullying is, what are dos and don’ts of the our on-line world in addition to additionally offers a short about the legal guidelines within the Indian jurisdiction to defend college students and parents in case of any mishappening online.

It additionally shares counter cyberbullying practices together with helpline numbers to contact in case of an incident.

“Heads of all schools are directed to share this information with teachers, students and parents through sms or WhatsApp groups or by any other possible means which are being used to reach out to children and parents,” the DoE mentioned.

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