Kohima, June 19 (NE): With the introduction of online teaching by different institutions in the light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, children spend more time on the internet, often unsupervised and are vulnerable to being targeted online by unwanted elements. There are reports about possibility of online exploitation of children and increase in activity related to Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM), said a notification by the School education department.
The Principal Director, Shanavas C, IAS, on June 18, 2020, directed Heads of Institutions of all Schools (Both Govt. & Private) functioning within the State of Nagaland to take necessary steps to make children and parents aware about the safe use of internet and online threats by the means of SMS, online teaching and other means which are being used to reach out to children.
He also informed that IEC Materials on Safe Online Learning are made available in the official website of the Department of School Education, Nagaland https://education.nagaland.gov.in for necessary action.
Further, it has been reported that few schools are sharing personal information of students such as Aadhaar Number in school WhatsApp groups, which is against the provisions of the Information Technology Act, 2000, said the notification.
Therefore, Shanavas advised all concerned to be cautious in this regard so that the interests of students are not jeopardized.