Cyber Safety Protocol for the School Children

The cyber safety protocol with guidelines to ensure cyber protection for school students in the state has been issued. The Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has announced cyber safety protocol as per the reference made in the 6th report of the Welfare Society of Women, Children and the Disabled of the 13th Legislative assembly of  Kerala.

Keeping a secure password, resorting to safe searching methods, ensuring internet access to the students and the teachers without any disruption, students using internet in the presence of teachers, display of messages in class rooms and laboratories on the safe use of internet etc are to be confirmed by the head of the institution. Cyber safety audit should be done at least twice a year.

Teachers should have pre planning of the ICT materials to be used in the class room and it must be prepared in advance for being presented in the class. Lest it should lead to opening of unwanted materials in the class room. Pre planning and preparation would enable to avoid this problem.

Similarly, while assigning internet based project works, these sites concerned must have been verified beforehand. The Samagra portal materials must be presented at the maximum. The use of internet in schools should be limited to the use of educational purpose, official requirements and other such academic related matters.

The protocol insists on 11 things that should be followed by the students. They are 
Don’t save personal details and pictures in the computers in the common places; 
Don’t download matters from unreliable sites; 
Don’t hand over mobile, lap top to unknown persons; 
Don’t share or communicate personal matters through internet or social media; 
Don’t meet any unfamiliar persons who is in touch with us through internet only; 
Don’t collect the PIN, password and credit card number of parents; 
Be very careful while involving in online games.
The students are advised to be careful regarding phishing, cyber stacking, deep fakes, camera hacking and exchanging pornographic pic.
Warnings are also given on sharing of trolls, images and videos regarding cyber law.

The parents and students are advised to communicate freely on the threats and problems. The parents should also understand the use of technology and technology aids. Also they must update themselves with knowledge and information on internet. If they find their children become a prey of cyber crime or cyber bullying and get any information regarding this, they should be able to bring the matter to the attention of the officials concerned and make counseling available if needed. These are mentioned in the cyber safety protocol.

To identify the cyber thugs, to defend cyber crimes and to find solutions, an extensive programme in the model of edutainment including interactive games is to be developed. As part of this, ‘cyber safety clinics’ will be formed in schools. A practical training will be imparted to the teachers and parents as well. The service of expert and trustworthy firms and persons in the cyber safety zone would be utilized for this. A module on the ‘effective use of internet and social media’ would be specially included in the teachers’ training.  The cyber safety protocol is available with the link below.
Cyber Safety Protocol for the School Children

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