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Cellphone threat rising in Kerala schools, government plans to tighten restrictions – The New Indian Express

ByCindy J. Daddario

Jul 29, 2022

By Express press service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The increased availability of mobile phones among children through the online mode of education followed in the past two years and their misuse in schools has prompted the Department of General Education to develop a new set of guidelines for its use.

The move comes after students brought cellphones to campus even after the pandemic ended and schools returned to offline mode.

The General Education Department issued periodic circulars in 2005, 2010 and 2019 banning students from carrying cellphones on campus and restricting their use by teachers during class hours.

In the latest circular, restrictions were also imposed on the use of social media by teachers in schools.

However, the department plans to develop new guidelines as mobile devices are still being used to support the traditional offline teaching mode.

“It should be remembered that digital devices are still used for learner support after regular school hours. Therefore, a new set of guidelines, which also takes this factor into account, is being developed,” said Santhosh CA, Additional Director of the Department of General Education.

While prescribing a stricter ban on mobile devices on campus, the proposed circular would also include guidelines on its appropriate use by off-campus students, the official added.

According to a source, the guidelines will also prescribe a list of apps that students should not access when using mobile devices for educational purposes.

Methods to prevent the misuse of devices to access social media and pornography will also be included.

The guidelines should also prescribe a greater role for parents in verifying the contents of these devices and ensuring that it is not transported to the school campus.

During the pandemic, the government itself launched major initiatives to provide digital devices to ensure uninterrupted studies, especially for disadvantaged children who could not afford them.

“Mobile phones, which were once strictly off-limits to children, have become an integral part of their daily lives. These devices, which until recently were used for online teaching, are now increasingly being misused to access social media, pornography and games on campus,” said the director of a private school in the capital.

While a few private schools have levied huge fines on students bringing cellphones to school and also ordered parents to watch, the ban is not strictly followed in public schools, it is said.

“Emphasis should be on strict implementation of the standard on campus for which the school’s Parents’ Association should play a major role,” said AV Indulal of the Teachers’ Association. helped from Kerala. “Ironically, parents, especially female students, encourage their children to carry cellphones when they leave the house to keep them safe,” he added.

Planned guidelines

  • The government is to come up with a new circular with guidelines on mobile phone use in schools.
  • A new set of guidelines is planned as digital devices are still used for learner support.
  • Guidelines to list apps that can be misused to access social media and pornography.
  • A greater role for parents/guardians is proposed to review content and control abuse.
  • Circulars were issued in 2005, 2010, and 2019 banning cell phone use by students.
  • Despite periodic circulars, the ban is not effectively enforced in most schools.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The increased availability of mobile phones among children through the online mode of education followed in the past two years and their misuse in schools has prompted the Department of General Education to develop a new set of guidelines for its use. The move comes after students brought cellphones to campus even after the pandemic ended and schools returned to offline mode. The General Education Department issued periodic circulars in 2005, 2010 and 2019 banning students from carrying cellphones on campus and restricting their use by teachers during class hours. In the latest circular, restrictions were also imposed on the use of social media by teachers in schools. However, the department plans to develop new guidelines as mobile devices are still being used to support the traditional offline teaching mode. “It should be remembered that digital devices are still used for learner support after regular school hours. Therefore, a new set of guidelines, which also takes this factor into account, is being developed,” said Santhosh CA, Additional Director of the Department of General Education. While prescribing a stricter ban on mobile devices on campus, the proposed circular would also include guidelines on its appropriate use by off-campus students, the official added. According to a source, the guidelines will also prescribe a list of apps that students should not access when using mobile devices for educational purposes. Methods to prevent the misuse of devices to access social media and pornography will also be included. The guidelines should also prescribe a greater role for parents in verifying the contents of these devices and ensuring that it is not transported to the school campus. During the pandemic, the government itself launched major initiatives to provide digital devices to ensure uninterrupted studies, especially for disadvantaged children who could not afford them. “Mobile phones, which were once strictly off-limits to children, have become an integral part of their daily lives. These devices, which until recently were used for online teaching, are now increasingly being misused to access social media, pornography and games on campus,” said the director of a private school in the capital. While a few private schools have levied huge fines on students bringing cellphones to school and also ordered parents to watch, the ban is not strictly followed in public schools, it is said. “Emphasis should be on strict implementation of the standard on campus for which the school’s Parents’ Association should play a major role,” said AV Indulal of the Teachers’ Association. helped from Kerala. “Ironically, parents, especially female students, encourage their children to carry cellphones when they leave the house to keep them safe,” he added. The guidelines provided that the government would come up with a new circular containing guidelines on mobile phone use in schools. A new set of guidelines is planned as digital devices are still used for learner support. Guidelines to list apps that can be misused to access social media and pornography. A greater role for parents/guardians is proposed to review content and control abuse. Circulars were issued in 2005, 2010, and 2019 banning cell phone use by students. Despite periodic circulars, the ban is not effectively enforced in most schools.