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Cyber Security Courses in Schools for Safety

The Ministry of Home Affairs has unveiled a cyber security education programme for the school students from class VI and above.
By Edunews Team

14-05-2022

The Ministry of Home Affairs realized that cyber crimes against children are rampant; therefore there is a dire need for cyber security education. Even the New Education Policy has set a space for cyber education. Under this programme, the first Wednesday of every month is to be observed as ‘Cyber Jagrookta Diwas’.  Further, the Ministry, in collaboration with Education Department, has also launched cyber awareness handles on social media platforms like Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. The need of the hour is to educate students of all ages about the problems associated with the usage of online platforms, precisely cyber attack and their aftermath consequences. Children are susceptible to fraud which can be in the form of financial fraud and leaking of their personal data. Even the learned people also face problems covertly. Hackers have attacked people irrespective of their ages, especially during pandemics, when the online education switch was on. Over the last few years, students of all age groups have been exposed to an increased usage of mobile, laptops, and computers for their online classes. From cyber-predators to social media posts can come back to haunt them later in life, and the hazards can be frightening. Children may also unwittingly expose their families to online risks, by accidentally downloading malware that could give cybercriminals access to their parent`s bank accounts or other sensitive information. Cyber attacks are one of the biggest threats facing schools both in rural and urban India.

 Therefore it is necessary to provide them with training in cyber security measures.  Many schools have initiated the ‘Being a Cyber Smart Child’ and the WNS Care foundation. These empower children with digital initiatives through which students would become cyber smart and a gamified cyber safety portal would be created for them. It is a holistic cyber safety learning ecosystem for children, which will be designed by WNS Care Foundation and its purpose is to create awareness and educate students and parents about cyber safe behavior. Kerala has already taken measures to train women folk about cyber security.

 The Internet has become a part and parcel of everyone`s life. It is important for parents to be open with their children about online safety, but it would also be helpful if teachers get involved in the process. It is true that cyber-crimes have become more of a threat than traditional types of crimes. Once the crime is committed, even the cyber crime police also find it difficult to unearth. So, it is important to make children aware of cyber safety. Teaching syllabi about cyber security mostly involves making them aware of the contemporary laws related to the cyber security domains. They have to be educated about precautions that are needed to be taken while chatting or accepting friend requests from unknown people, cyber ethics, sharing personal information with anybody on the internet, and also secrecy of passwords. Cyber security is already a part of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) curriculum in primary as well as middle classes. A cyber cell in school needed to be created wherein students can talk to the members freely without any hesitation.  The NEP 2020 has made a provision to teach cyber security as part of vocational courses. As result, many universities in the country have made it a mandatory subject for all the students irrespective of the stream. As cyber crimes are rising unprecedentedly, the Department of Home Affairs should gear up its machinery to hire specialists to track cyber monsters.

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