DoSE issues notification to ensure Safety and Security of the children in digital infrastructure

Kohima, April 19 (NE): Directorate of School education issued a notification on April 19, 2020, to all school heads providing online education to children that they should strictly adhere to the advisories issued by MHA and CERT-IN on the use of video conferencing platforms.

It added that ensuring Safety and Security of the children in the physical and digital infrastructure (online education) is the responsibility of the schools and neglecting it in any manner shall attract strict action under section 75 of the juvenile justice act, 2015 and relevant sections of existing laws.

The following points were highlighted to be taken into consideration by schools:

– The responsibility to ensure safety of children in the digital space shall be of the school.

– Schools should follow necessary safety measures given by the authorities from time to time. Criteria for using a particular app for children should also be adhered to.

– The participation of children in virtual classrooms should be under parental supervision. For this, schools should provide proper orientation to parents.

– The login IDs should not be made in the name of the students and students should only attend the online classes/ interactions as a guest.

– The entire control of the virtual classroom should be with the teacher only so as to prevent students falling into prey of cyber bullying/abuse, it added.