The lessons are being conducted against the backdrop of increased usage of gadgets and exposure to social media during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Government school students in Delhi to get lessons on responsible use of social media – education

From how much information to share online to how to deal with cyber threats, more than seven lakhs of students in schools under the Delhi government, the city’s cantonment board, and the NDMC will soon receive lessons on ‘responsible use of networks social”.

The month-long online segment, which will be held for 1,040 schools, is scheduled to begin on November 23. The lessons will be delivered in a context of increased use of devices and exposure to social media during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The threat through the unknown and anonymous cyber world is a stark reality today. The ease of access and unsupervised reach has exposed children to unscrupulous elements on the web, ”said Deputy Director of Education Mohinder Pal. “The series on ‘Responsible use of social networks’ will raise awareness about the various types of threats on the Internet and also about ways to protect yourself from these threats. Children will also be sensitized about the responsible use of social networks, ”he said.

Pal said that students will also be coached on how to be digitally smart. According to the plan, a total of 52 online sessions will be held to target 7.3 lakh students from classes 9 to 12 from 13 districts (136 groups) in Delhi.

When a national shutdown was announced in March to contain the spread of the coronavirus infection, all teaching and learning activities had to move online to avoid disruption of learning. The National Council for Research and Training in Education (NCERT) had sent detailed guidelines to schools in May defining the role of teachers and parents in promoting the safe, legal and ethical use of the Internet by students.

Allowing only authorized persons to access computer labs, prohibiting the use of USB, blocking pop-up windows and controlling the appearance of new and unknown icons on the desktop were some of the cybersecurity guidelines issued for schools and parents by NCERT.

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