Published: 19th November 2017
Experts in Kolkata hold workshop for over 250 ICSE students on perils of smartphones and social media
Over 250 students from 62 schools attended with each school sending three student representatives and one teacher
As social media gains momentum and becomes a part of our every-day lives, over 250 students from ICSE affiliated schools in Kolkata and neighbouring districts paid rapt attention to cyber experts and counsellors who discussed the pros and cons of social media on Saturday. The aim was to sensitise and make students aware of the dangers that lurked on the internet.
Each school was represented by three students and one teacher. The workshop also sensitised students about the deleterious effects of smart-phone addiction that takes a toll on their education and extracurricular activities, Secretary of the Association of ICSE Schools in West Bengal Nabarun De said.
Such interactions became necessary as smartphones are now an inevitable part of our lives and schoolchildren are not the exception
Navneet Sharma, Teacher
Secretary of the Association of ICSE Schools in West Bengal Nabarun De said the day-long workshop focused on the positives and negatives of social media networks like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and even online video games, including the dreaded Blue Whale challenge.
"Every school was represented by three students - from 9th, 10th and 11th standards - and a teacher at yesterday's workshop and the response was very encouraging," he said. De said the concerned students will now interact with their classmates and juniors at their respective institutions and help spread the message.
"We have always encouraged students to involve themselves in sporting activities and asked all member schools to encourage their peers to participate in on-field games, necessary for the all-round development of young ones," he said.