“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”
– Bill Gates
It has been quite some time that we all have embarked on our journey in the virtual world. The education world has been quick enough to adapt to this new change. However, it has not been easy to acclimate to this new phase. Educators across the globe have explored new technologies to engage their students. If we talk about India alone, the teachers are undergoing a lot of training processes to become a part of the new trend. However, with the intrusion of technology into the education field a lot of challenges have been faced by the teachers. There is an upsurge in bullying cases like never before.
In a rush to ensure that the students are delivered the right content at the right time without any delay, we let our students dive in the ocean without life jackets. Well, as said, it's never too late. The school administrations, teachers, parents, everybody is trying their best to take control of the situation and ensure that our children are safe in this virtual world. Although the policies are being formulated and cyber cells have been invested, but the work is still in progress and some offenders might escape. Hence, it becomes pertinent for the educators of today to come in action and ensure students' as well as their own safety.
The need of the hour is that the teachers get equipped, believe in themselves, and find innovative techniques to train young minds. A teacher has the potential to allow the children to see the problem and be the change-makers and leaders for tomorrow. The purpose of education today is not only to ensure that the academic curriculum is completed in time but also to ensure that our children become problem solvers.
If we determine today, then this problem can be addressed and answered. The schools and teachers can play a pivotal role in ensuring that the students are cyber-educated. Schools encourage students to explore and experience various domains of education. Similarly, they should sensitize them towards cyber law, cyber-security, and cyber-bullying. At our schools, we mentor the students to be sensitive, empathetic, caring, and concerned towards their family, friends, and environment. We must teach our students about the importance of following cyber ethics and becoming responsible netizens. As said, “catch them young”, we need to realize that today’s generation is quick to embrace the technology and hence we must also ensure that cyber safety education starts early at schools.
Students should be addressed to this concern regularly by engaging them in curricular and co-curricular activities. This will allow them to probe into the concerning issue and accept suitable behavioral amendments. We need to create opportunities for our students to see and identify the threats that lie ahead of them. As the trusted guardians, we must notify them that, they are responsible for their own safety and that of others in this virtual world. Education and sensitization alone can pave the way for desired alterations.
Bal Bhavan Public School
Mayur Vihar -II, Delhi