Amid Coronavirus crisis, NCERT and UNESCO have released guidelines to promote Safe Online Learning. The new guidelines aim at preventing Cyber Bullying and its adverse impact on the students and their education.
The guidelines released by the education regulatory body prescribes a detailed set of do’s and don’ts to ensure safety and mental health for the students who have been taking online classes. The official guidelines released by NCERT are developed jointly by the council along with experts from UNESCO.
One of the key points that these guidelines focus on, is the negative and harmful impact of Cyber Bullying on children who are undertaking online classes currently.
The guidelines also explain how, unsafe digital learning environment can lead to mental health issue among students. The guidelines also mention that students who undergo cyber bullying on digital platforms also suffer from poor mental health and quality of life in general.
In addition to adversely affecting the students, cyber bulling also hampers teachers’ abilities to provide quality education through online mediums.
Furthermore, the guidelines announced by NCERT also prescribe what students should and shouldn’t do to stay safe online. The most important aspect of the guidelines advises students to have a strong password and security setup for various digital accounts.
NCERT asks students to make the best use of the privacy setting provided by various digital platforms and social media websites to build a wall between public and private sphere of their digital life. Moreover, students have been advised to only communicate with people and practice caution while posting photos and videos on social media sites.