Responsibilities of the School Administration

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
 Report 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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