The Indian Institute of Legal Studies recently conducted an Orientation cum Awareness program on POCSO for the staff and students of a school. The aim of the program was to educate everyone on various topics related to child safety and protection. The students were educated on six topics, which included Good touch and bad touch, Abuses of various kinds, Cyber Crime, Juvenile justice and its implication on the child’s conduct in school, Substance abuses and its legal implications, and Ragging and bullying and their legal implications.
The first topic covered for the students was Good touch and bad touch. It is essential for children to know the difference between these two types of touch and to recognize when they are being touched inappropriately. The second topic covered was Abuses of various kinds, which educated the students on different types of abuse, including physical, verbal, and sexual abuse. The third topic was Cyber Crime, which is a growing concern in today’s world. The students were taught about the dangers of the internet and how to protect themselves from cyber predators.
The fourth topic covered was Juvenile justice and its implication on the child’s conduct in school. This topic focused on the legal consequences of a child’s behavior in school and how it can affect their future. The fifth topic was Substance abuses and its legal implications. The students were taught about the harmful effects of substance abuse and the legal consequences of using drugs and alcohol. Finally, the sixth topic was Ragging and bullying and their legal implications. The students were taught about the negative impact of bullying and ragging and how it can lead to legal consequences.
The staff members were also educated on three essential topics related to child protection. The first topic covered for the staff was the POCSO Act, which is an important legislation for the protection of children from sexual offenses. The staff members were educated on the provisions of the act and how to deal with such cases. The second topic was the legal implications of corporal punishment, physical and verbal abuses, and sexual abuses. The staff members were taught about the legal consequences of such behavior and how to prevent them from happening. Finally, the staff members were educated on the Child Protection Policy of the government, which outlines the guidelines for the protection of children in schools.
Overall, the Orientation cum Awareness program conducted by the Siliguri Institute of Legal Studies was an important step towards educating everyone on the importance of child safety and protection. The program covered various topics related to child protection, which will help both the students and staff members to be more aware and vigilant in ensuring the safety of children in the school.