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NCERT Releases Guidelines to Prevent Cyberbullying
[Published on: 05.06.2020]
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NCERT and UNESCO jointly released guidelines for students to prevent cyberbullying in the wake of online- learning system due to Covid-19.
  • The education regulatory body has released guidelines for safe online learning in the times of Covid-19 pandemic. These guidelines have been developed by NCERT and UNESCO India jointly. To prevent any act of cyberbullying and greater academic achievement, mental health, and quality of life in general NCERT have released the documents that advise people on the dos and donts to stay safe online.
  • "With Covid-19 closing schools across all states, Education Departments have made efforts to ensure continuity of learning through various digital platforms.
  • Millions of learners are turning to online education and with this comes a huge increase in the use of electronic devices and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)."

Forms of cyberbullying include

  • Posting hurtful comments on updates, pictures, and videos shared by an individual.
  • Uploading embarrassing photographs without an individual's consent.
  • Excluding individuals of different cultural, socio-economic backgrounds from online groups and forums.
  • Stealing someone's account password and sending unwanted/inappropriate messages from that account to harass other individuals.

NCERT Guidelines : Dos

  • Creating a strong password
  • Read privacy settings of social networking site
  • Communicate only with known people
  • Practice caution while posting photos and videos on social media sites
  • Ensure that only authorized personnel access computer systems and labs

NCERT Guidelines : Donts

  • Keep your password secret
  • Don't reveal personal information like age address etc. as it can lead to identity theft
  • Don't post anything hurtful on social media sites
  • Don't forward anything you read on social media without verifying it
NCERT has released guidelines to prevent cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is a punishable offence under the Information Technology Act, 2000 and the Indian Penal Code and should be reported.
Source: https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today

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