KITE publishes Cyber safety protocol guidelines for students

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The cyber safety protocol detailing the guidelines for ensuring the safety of students in schools has been published on Saturday. The state-run Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has published this guidelines. As per the recommendation in the 6th report of the committee on the welfare of women, transgenders, children’s and differently-abled under the Kerala State Legislative.

For the institution heads, teachers, parents and students to ensure cyber safety there is a clear-cut instructions given on the guidelines published on Saturday.

SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROTOCOL ARE:

  • Institution head should secure password protection on safe search methods
  • uninterrupted internet facilities to the students and teachers
  • providing internet to students only under the supervision of teachers
  • For secure internet browsing in classrooms and labs, instructions to be displayed

In Kerala schools it has been made compulsory to conduct cyber safety audit at least twice a year.

Vice Chairman and executive Director of KITE, K Anvar Sadath said that, it has been instructed to the teachers of all schools across Kerala to already search and download Information and Communication Technology (ICT) content before hand so that they don’t have to search the content in the classrooms in the presence of the students, where there is a possibility of inappropriate contents on the search engine.

“Whenever Internet based learning projects are assigned to students, teachers have to pre-check the website and only the secure portals have to be advised. The Internet usage in schools has to be strictly restricted only for learning activities, official purposes and other learning or teaching related activities,” said Mr Sadath.

Eleven activities has been specified in the protocol that the students have to follow, which included:

  • Personal/individual information’s or pictures not be saved in public machines
  • not to download any content from any unknown websites
  • Laptops and mobile phone should not be handed to any strange person
  • Not to share any personal information through the internet or on any social media sites

Mr Sadath added, “The protocol also demands the parents to alert the concerned officers if they feel that their child has become a victim of cyber-crime.”

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