Government school students in Delhi to receive lessons on responsible use of social media – education

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From how much information to share online to how to care for cyber threats, over seven lakh students in schools under the Delhi government, the city’s cantonment board and NDMC will soon get lessons on the “responsible use of social media”.

The month-long series of online sessions, which will be conducted for 1,040 schools, is scheduled to start from November 23. The lessons are being conducted against the backdrop of increased usage of gadgets and exposure to social media all through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Threat through the unknown and nameless cyber world is a harsh reality this present day. Ease of access and unmonitored reach has exposed the children to unscrupulous elements on the internet,” Deputy Director of Education Mohinder Pal said. “The series on ‘Responsible use of Social Media’ will create awareness approximately the quite a lot of kinds of threats on the net and also ways to safe oneself from these threats. The children may also be sensitised approximately responsible use of social media,” he said.

Pal said students may also be mentored on how to be digitally smart As per the plan, a complete of 52 sessions will be held online for addressing 7.3 lakh students from classes 9 to 12 of 13 districts (136 clusters) in Delhi.

When a nationwide lockdown was once announced in March to contain the spread of the coronavirus infection, all teaching and learning activities needed to be moved online to keep away from disruption of learning. The National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) had in May sent the detailed guidelines to schools defining the role of teachers in addition to parents in promoting the protected, valid, and ethical use of the internet by students.

Allowing only authorised people to access computer labs, banning the usage of USBs, blocking pop-ups and keeping a check on the appearance of new and unfamiliar icons on desktop were a number of the cybersecurity and safety guidelines issued to schools and parents by the NCERT.

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