Release of Cyber Policy for schools as part of project BIKOS
Cybercrime is emerging as a major challenge in all walks of life . CBSE has urged affiliated schools to create awareness and sensitize stakeholders of the dangers.
Better Internet for Kids Online Safety (BIKOS) was launched on 21st October 2017 at Cochin Refineries School. This initiative aims to sensitize students , teachers , parents and other stake holders of the rising threats in the cyber world and also to formulate a Cyber policy for schools as per CBSE requirement vide , CBSE-Acad/JD-AHA/Cir/2017 Circular No.: Acad-32/2017 dated August 18, 2017 .
A multi phased strategy was implemented during a period of six months . This includes :
- Brainstorming session by Principals
- Group discussion by School Counselors
- Formation of Cyber clubs at schools
- Meeting of Parents and Student Council members of Cyber clubs
- Online safety awareness sessions for students , teachers and parents in respective schools
- Cyber Security Certification Programmes by Cyber Research Centre , Amrita University .
Project Coordinator of BIKOS, Premlata Shaji, Computer Science teacher at Cochin Refineries School stated that all these provided inputs to identify the challenges schools have been facing in the war against Cybercrimes and this has lead to the culmination of a comprehensive Cyber policy for schools that can be used as a reference to address any issue concerning Cyber crime involving children .The students who violated rules had to be dealt with cautiously as the borders of right and wrong are still in a nascent stage. All the stake holders had one aim to envisage a Cyber Policy for schools without hurting relationships.
The project started initially with 15 schools and presently 35 schools have joined in the effort to brainstorm and arrive at this policy which would provide a uniform, regularised handbook for ready reference.
Hopefully this endeavour will provide the school with a reference to deal with unpleasant cases and prepare the template for a safe learning environment. The official release of the Cyber Safety Policy was done on 11th October 2018 Thursday at Cochin Refineries School by Shri D. Prem Kamath, Advocate & Cyber Law Consultant, High Court of Kerala. Shri L L Ramachandran, General Manager BPCL – KR, representatives from Kochi Cyber Cell, Kerala Police, BPCL KR, Principal Mala B Menon, Project Coordinator Premlata Shaji, Principals, Vice Principals, Senior teachers from 35 schools were present for the function.