New Delhi: India has seen a major shift towards online education in recent years, fueled by the coronavirus pandemic. As the world witnesses the emergence of many electronic technology companies, offering courses, tutorials, coaching for competitions, etc. in online mode, the world of learning has expanded like never before. But as they say: with great power comes great responsibility. Likewise, with huge learning opportunities, there is the risk of cyber fraud and being cheated.Also read – Entrance test is compulsory for admission to UG courses at central universities from 2022
With this in mind, the Ministry of Education has published a notice asking parents, students and all school education stakeholders to exercise caution when deciding to opt for content and coaching online. line offered by a multitude of electronic technology companies. The ministry has also issued several dos and don’ts for stakeholders in the education ecosystem to follow before deciding whether to choose an online course or content. Also Read – Is Your Child Addicted To Online Games? Here is what the government suggests you do | Read the full review
The ministry said it had been informed by the Ministry of School Education and Literacy that some electronic technology companies were urging parents to offer free services and have the electronic funds transfer (EFT) mandate signed or activate direct debit. characteristic, particularly targeting vulnerable families. Also Read – Will NEET 2022 Exams Be Held Twice A Year Like CBSE? The Ministry of Health will soon resume discussions with the Ministry of Education
Here is a list of Dos and Don’ts for students / parents to follow, as advised by the Department of Education:
- Avoid the automatic debit option for paying subscription fees: Some electronics tech companies may offer the Free-Premium business model where much of their services may appear free at first glance, but to gain access to lifelong learning, students must opt for a paid subscription. The activation of the direct debit can lead a child to access the paid features without realizing that he no longer has access to the free services offered by the company ed-tech.
- Read the terms and conditions before acknowledging acceptance of the learning software / device as your IP address and / or personal data may be tracked.
- Request a tax invoice statement for the purchase of educational devices loaded with content / purchase of apps / learning by USB stick.
- Perform a detailed background check of the ed-tech company you wish to subscribe to.
- Check the quality of the content provided by ed-tech companies and make sure that it is in line with the curriculum and your field of study and that it is easily understandable by your child.
- Clarify all your doubts / questions regarding payment and content before investing any amount for your child’s learning in an electronic technology company.
- Activate parental controls and security features on the device or in the app or browser, as this allows you to restrict access to certain content and limit spending on purchasing apps.
- Help your child understand that some features of educational apps are used to encourage spending. Talk to them about possible marketing strategies used by Ed-tech companies and their consequences.
- Search online student / parent reviews of the ed-tech company for any registered grievances and marketing tips. Also share your suggestions and opinions that might be helpful to others.
- Record evidence of spam calls / forced enrollment for all education packages without full consent to file a grievance.
- Beware of cyber fraud.
Not to do
- Don’t blindly trust the advertisements of ed-tech companies. Always do your own fact-checking through verified sources.
- Do not take out any loan that you are not aware of.
- Do not install any ed-tech mobile application without verifying its authenticity.
- Avoid registering credit / debit cards on subscription apps. Place an upper limit on spending per transaction.
- Avoid adding your data like emails, phone numbers, card details, addresses etc. online, as the data may be sold or used for subsequent scams.
- Do not share any personal videos or photos. Be careful not to turn on the video function or make video calls on an unverified platform. Keeping your child’s safety at the highest priority.
- Don’t subscribe to unverified courses because of their false promises.
- Do not trust “Success stories” shared by electronics technology companies without proper verification, as they could be a trap to attract more audiences.
- Do not allow purchases without parental permission. To avoid in-app purchases; OTP based payment methods can be adopted according to RBI guidelines.
- Do not share your bank details and OTP number with marketing staff.
- Don’t click on links or open attachments or pop-ups from sources you don’t know.