Petition in Supreme Court wants guidelines for online classes to prevent hackers

New Delhi (ILNS): A Public Interest Litigation has been filed in the Supreme Court, asking for directions to the Union of India (UOI) to issue comprehensive guidelines with respect to online virtual classes through video conferencing for children. Nand Kishore Garg filed this PIL through his advocate Shashank Deo Sudhi.

The plea states that “highly suggestive and obnoxious materials available on the internet” affect the all-round growth and development of small children.

“Immediately discontinue the online classes, until the formulation of comprehensive guidelines for hosting of online classes in completely encrypted and safeguarded manner which have mechanism to prevent the accessibility of numerous internet driven prohibited websites while the online classes through video conferencing in session,” seeks the petitioner.

Sudhi further sought a direction from the UoI, to evolve a proper mechanism for ensuring the computer devices for the children of economically weaker section of the society who had been completely discriminated in accessibility of online learning during the lockdown.

The petitioner expressed concern about the vulnerability among small school children towards cyber predators and other online driven pornographic open websites.

“Cyber predators and other online driven pornographic open websites are having a serious bearing on the educational development of children.” The petitioner also is also concerned that current online video classes are not regulated as highly dangerous online applications are being used to provide online education to small children which are prone to be exploited by predacious cyber hackers,” states the plea. 

“There should be a broader mechanism developed for ensuring the accessibility of the computer-driven devices or any alternate arrangement of online classes for all the excluded and marginalised children of our country to ensure that deprived children may be beneficiary of online video classes in order to cover the loss of learning during the lockdown period,” claimed the PIL.

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