The Cyber pornography case of the Air Force Bal Bharti school
student in Delhi has opened up a debate on the responsibilities of
the school administration in building awareness about Cyber crimes
amongst the student community.
Today high schools teach use of Computers, Internet and basic programming.
Coupled with the sense of freedom for "Self Expression in a seemingly Anonymous
Environment", the students can be tempted to use their Internet skills
to create the kind of site that brought the student to the jail. Most of
the curriculum in the schools also include sex education and this can only
create an explosive mixture of "Half Knowledge" and a natural desire to
"Outsmart" the peers.
If we teach the young kid how to make a Gun and Gun Powder, we also
have to be prepared to face the consequences of a few of the students misusing
this knowledge. The raise of Gun shooting crimes in US is an indication
of this possibility. The Cyber Pornography amongst the students is a similar
social problem which the society has to deal with.
In the instant case, the boy is reported to have had a scar on his face
which his peers used to make fun off. This is again a natural reaction
of Children and a reflection of their immaturity. They may make fun of
a boy who is excessively fat or dark or has any abnormalities. We cannot
wish away such happenings.
Just as we hold the School responsible for "Ragging" and "Teasing",
we should in future hold the school responsible for educating the students
on the area of "Cyber Crimes". If this could be extended to cover some
aspects of basic psychology of the type "Games People Play" and "I'm OK
You're OK", we will be able to caution the young minds of the consequences
of "Irresponsible Behavior".
It is regrettable to note that such "Basic Human Psychology" and "Cyber
Crimes" are not part of the school curriculum in most of the Indian schools.
Some attempts to include "Moral Education" is also being objected to by
many on "Political Grounds". Let's hope that this case will open the minds
of Educationalists and make it mandatory for all schools where Internet
is taught, to also teach Basics of Cyber Crimes and Cyber Law, besides
Basics of Human Relations.
April 30, 2001
in Hindustan Times
Naavi and Cyber Law College are ready to offer any assistance
to school administration any where in India and particularly in Chennai
in building Cyber Law Awareness. Cyber Law College also proposes to introduce
an online Course on "Cyber Laws For Young Netizens" meant for "+2 students".
The details are being worked out. In order to reach this course to a large
number of students at an affordable cost, educational institutions and
Government bodies are requested to come forward with suitable proposals.
Any suggestions in this regard are welcome.
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