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Creating Safe Digital Spaces

Creating Safe Digital Spaces- Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 2: Security- Basics of cyber security; Challenges to internal security through communication networks.

UPSC Current Affairs


Creating Safe Digital Spaces- Context

  • The UNESCO Member States have declared the first Thursday of November as the International Day against Violence and Bullying at School, including cyberbullying.
  • Through this, UNESCO Member States recognizes that school-related violence is an infringement of children’s right to education and to health and well-being.

UPSC Current Affairs


Creating Safe Digital Spaces- International Day against Violence and Bullying at School

  • About: Each year first Thursday of November is to be observed as the International Day against Violence and Bullying at School, including cyberbullying.
  • Aim: to raise awareness among students, parents, members of the school community, education authorities and others about the problem of online violence and cyberbullying.

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Creating Safe Digital Spaces- Vulnerability of Children

  • Increasing Access to the Internet: In India, an estimated 71 million children aged 5-11 years access the Internet on the devices of their family members, constituting about 14% of the country’s active Internet user base of over 500 million.
    • Two-thirds of Internet users in India are in the age group of 12-29 years.
  • Covid-19 Impact: School closures as a response to the COVID-19 lockdowns have led to an unprecedented rise in unsupervised screen time for children and young people, which in turn exposed them to a greater risk of online violence.
    • According to various reports, cyberbullying has negative consequences on the education, health and well-being of children and young people.
  • UNESCO’s report (2019): Highlighted the extent of the problem, with almost one in three students worldwide reporting being bullied at least once in the preceding month.
  • Gender-based online violence: A 2020 study by Plan International revealed that 58% of girls in the Asia-Pacific region reported online harassment.
    • Globally, of the girls who were harassed, 14% who self-identified as having a disability and 37% who identified themselves as from an ethnic minority said they get harassed because of it.
  • Impact on mental health: The impact of online sexual harassment could have long-term negative impacts on mental health and well-being.
    • Children who are frequently bullied are nearly three times more likely to feel left out at school than those who are not.
    • They are also twice more likely to miss out on school and have a higher tendency to leave formal education after finishing secondary school.

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Creating Safe Digital Spaces- Way Forward

  • Formulate gender-sensitive and targeted approaches: that should respond to the needs of learners who are most likely to be the victims of online violence.
  • Empowering and educating students and school administration to deal with different types of online violence:
    • Provide children and young people with the knowledge and skills to identify online violence so that they can protect themselves from its different forms, whether perpetrated by peers or adults.
    • Teachers also play a critical role by teaching students about online safety, and thus supporting parental involvement.
  • Ensure the creation of safe digital spaces and addresses the nuances of security by preventing and countering cyberbullying.
  • Department of School Education and Literacy has circulated exhaustive guidelines to raise children and parental awareness with an aim to prevent the adverse effect of online gaming and the psycho-emotional stress that children could be undergoing.
  • Establish confidential reporting and redress services: This will build trust in the system and help victims in reporting the online harassment incidents.

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Creating Safe Digital Spaces- Conclusion

  • We should encourage students, parents, schools, education authorities, members of the education community and its partners to take part in preventing online violence and promoting the safety and well-being of young people.

US joins India-led International Solar Alliance


US joins India-led International Solar Alliance


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