Delhi school children will be given lessons on “Responsible use of social media”. Hence, this month-long session will deal with the conspicuous use of social media along with the necessary threats it poses. In the wake of the nationwide covid-19 pandemic, education is carried on through social media platforms to continue uninterrupted learning. Hence, NDMC along with the city’s cantonment board will sensitize students on the responsible use of social media.
The number of Delhi School children to be sensitized and the reach of this program:
According to the estimated plan, 52 sessions will be held in total. However, the mode of these sessions will continue to be online. Hence, around 7.3 lakh government school children will be addressed ranging from class 9th to 12th. A total of 13 Delhi districts are covered i.e. 136 clusters. This session will be a month-long program, starting from 23rd November. 1040 schools will fall under this program as per schedule.
What is the need for awareness amongst Delhi school children?
From attending online classes to preparing assignments, everything is done online. Hence, this digital era has led open the world of social media and Internet to students. However, as much as the utility, the threat posed by them is equally important to understand. Sharing too much information, online talking to strangers, cyber threats, and many more are the problems that students might face. Hence, this increased usage of gadgets can terribly hinder a student’s development.
The flipped classroom model is resulting in unnecessary exposure to inappropriate content, distraction, and threats. A sensitization program on the responsible use of social media will mentor students to be digitally smart. Safe, legal, and ethical usage of the Internet is the main agenda here.
Statement by Mohinder Pal, Deputy Director of Education:
Mohinder Pal says, “Cyber Threat in Delhi school students is the harsh reality these days. Unmonitored reach and easy access has led to unwanted exposure.” Hence, the series on the responsible use of social media will enlighten Delhi school children.
NCERT had issued detailed guidelines in May 2020 for Delhi school children. Teachers and parents were mentored about digital learning and safety. The cybersecurity safety guidelines included the banning of pop-ups, constant check on unfamiliar icons, avoiding unnecessary usage of USBs, and many more.