On June 5, 2020, Union Minister for Human Resource Development(HRD) Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launched information booklet “Safe online learning in the times of COVID-19” digitally to raise awareness to students and teachers about online safety & ensure timely action in cases of cyberbullying in New Delhi. The booklet is developed by The National Council of Educational Research and Training(NCERT) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) New Delhi Office.
Purpose of the booklet– Will help to keep children, young people safe online through basic do’s, and don’ts which will enable parents and educators to teach their children how to use the internet safely.
Need of the booklet
i.There is a massive increase in online and distance learning due to COVID-19 outbreak and so, many children and teachers learn by engaging with each other using online platforms.
ii.The data & statistics highlighted that post lockdown the internet has exaggerated the risk of cyberbullying which include online discrimination for children and young people.
Data by Internet & Mobile Association of India about internet users
In India, it is estimated that 71 million children between the ages of 5-11 have access to the Internet on their family members’ devices. Two-thirds of internet users are in the age group of 12-29.
To prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools, universities, training centres and other educational institutions are closed across India since 20 March 2020, which has caused disruption in education & affected more than 90% of the schools.
Headquarters– New Delhi
Director– Hrushikesh Senapaty
About UNESCO New Delhi Office:
Director & UNESCO Representative for New Delhi Office– Eric Falt