Education dept to take steps to secure kids

Use of smart phones in schools banned

Taking a serious view of the brutal murder of a student in Gurugram, the education department here has asked schools to take measures for the safety of children and banned use of smart phones by drivers and conductors in Lucknow schools.

Schools have also been asked to ensure that sharp items do not make their way into school transport.

The orders come close on the heels of a school boy being murdered in a Gurugram school. The Class II student was found dead with his throat slit in the school toilet. The police have arrested a school conductor in connection with the case.

District Inspector of Schools Mukesh Kumar Singh said that use of smart phones by drivers and conductors of school vehicles has been banned as many times they are used to show objectionable content to children.

“We have also asked schools to ensure that sharp edged items are not there is school vehicles. This will be ensured by checking both by schools and the department,” the DIOS said.

The education department has also asked parents and school to ensure that they do not allow minors to use vehicles to avoid accidents.

Appeal to guardians

Use of smart phones by students in Lucknow schools has been banned by the education department in a bid to keep them away from the ‘Blue Whale Challenge’, an online dare game linked to teen deaths across the world. Guardians of students have been asked to monitor their wards and ensure they are not engaged in the game. The orders come after a 14-year-old boy allegedly hanged himself in his room in Indira Nagar locality last week with the incident being linked to the Blue Whale game.

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