Dimapur, February 2: The Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE), Kohima organized a one day seminar for the Heads of Institutions on Cyber Safety on January 31 at Baptist High, Kohima.
Rakshit Tandon, Cyber Security Expert Consultant – Internet and Mobile Association of India, apprised the educators on the need to teach youngsters, or give them rules on, responsible behavior when using digital technologies. India’s youth might be hailed as ‘digital citizens’ given their addiction to technology but ironically most of them are unaware of the existing cyber laws. He emphasized on the urgent need of the school and parents to teach and adopt steps to protect students from any foreseeable harm associated with the use of technology.
He also spoke on the need to limit youngster’s recreational screen time for healthy lifestyle. Parental ignorance can be one of the biggest threats when children use the internet without supervision.
It is important for parents to be aware of the dangers of cyber defamation, cyber bullying, data breach, social media scams, morphing of photographs by cyber criminals, hacking, cheating by impersonation and the negative psychological effects of violent games, he said.
He suggested several safety measures of ensuring age appropriate use of internet, for instance, social media age restrictions and strict monitoring the contents of online games.
He maintained that technology should never be used in ways that are emotionally damaging, physically harmful, disrespectful, violent, degrading and exploitative to children.
(Page News Service)