CBSE Issues Guidelines for Safe Use of Internet in Schools and School Buses

Dr. Biswajit Saha Addl. Director (ART&I) has Directed all Schools to Follow Strictly

New Delhi :  The CBSE has issued a detail guidelines for Safe and Effective use of Internet and Digital Technologies inSchools and School Buses. Addressing to all heads of Institutions affiliated to CBSE,  Dr. Biswajit Saha additional director (ART&I) has said that the potential of Information technology as a valuable learning resource is immense. However, if children use the internet without safety awareness, they may fall prey to illegal activity or abuse such as cyber bullying, fraud or something even more serious. HeHence, awareness of internet safety norms is absolutely indispensable to make children free to explore knowledge without feeling intimidated. He has made stress that increasing proliferation and sophistication of various electronic devices makes it all the more obligatory for schools to control and monitor their use by students,

Dr Saha has reminded that schools need to promote a safe and secure educational environment for effective teaching
and learning and to discourage students from actions detrimental to themselves, their peers and the value system. He has released the following measures to pre-empt any inappropriate and illegal activity through IT enabled devices in schools and directed to scrupulously follow the directions given  :

 Educate students for the safe and effective use of the Internet.
 Make children explicitly aware of the rule for the acceptable use of the Internet and
display rules in this regard prominently.
 Install effective firewalls, filtering and monitoring software mechanisms in all the
computers and regularly review filtering and blocking policies and procedures. Various
types of unsolicited contents available on internet must be blocked.
 Isolate Internet access from other school Network.
 Configure end user computer devices with parental control filters / Antivirus of appropriate
standard.
 Deploy Digital Surveillance system.
 Make Children using the Internet to work in highly-visible areas of the school.
 Supervise and monitor all online activities in the light of educational objectives.
 Allow Children to access only pre-selected websites appropriate to their age group.
 Aware the teachers and other school staffs about Internet safety norms.
 Sensitise the parents about Internet safety norms.
 Take strict disciplinary action against those who attempt to bypass filtering or to access
inappropriate or illegal material.
 Disable the usernames and passwords of those who leave the school promptly.
 Do not allow to create accounts for fictitious children or groups.
 Comply with all relevant legislation on copyright, property theft, fraud, discrimination and
obscenity on all forms of IT enabled devices.
 Avoid digital and video images of individual students/teachers on school websites for
safety of Children.
 Use only the licensed version of softwares.
 Draft a school policy on the safe use of electronic devices and implement it

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