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Pupils to get internet safety lessons

The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) will train schoolchildren to use the internet safely. According to the association, children are vulnerable to certain negative aspects of the internet.

delhi Updated: Apr 01, 2011 01:36 IST
HT correspondent

The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) will train schoolchildren to use the internet safely. According to the association, children are vulnerable to certain negative aspects of the internet.

The training will involve parents and teachers as well. Gurgaon Police have also promised to give support to the initiative.

"Four schools have agreed to participate in the training programme. We will prepare a list of dos and don'ts in our two-hour session," said Deepak Kapoor, an IT professional who gave the idea for the programme.

"We need to monitor how children use the internet. The session will be for the Class 6 to Class 12 students. They will learn to absorb the positive aspects of internet and avoid negative ones," Kapoor added.

Heritage school, Suncity School, Scottish High International School and Colonel

Central Academy will participate.

"These schools can install software to block websites that may be harmful to students," said Kapoor. The association will also conduct IT audit of these schools.

"We will do the audit for free. Some students know how to hack websites, so school IT teams need to be strong," said Kapoor.

Principal of Scottish High International School, Sudha Goyal, said the school has 2,000 students, and they welcome this initiative.

"Students as young as those in Class 4 sometimes get trapped in the ill-effects of the internet while surfing for educational purposes.

“We have installed a firewall (software to block online activities) in our school. But students have a tendency to surf prohibited websites when they are not in school. We need to train them to stay clear of this habit," said Goyal.