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Insurance for BBMP school students

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Proposal was announced in 2017-18 budget and ₹1.75 crore was earmarked for it.

Soon, all students enrolled in civic-run educational institutions across the city will have a health cover.                   The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, which runs 151 institutions, is in talks with a few State-run insurance companies about providing health plus accident insurance cover to its 16,000-odd students.

According to senior BBMP officials, the proposal was announced in the 2017-18 budget and ₹1.75 crore was earmarked for the same.                                                                                                                                          “We have contacted a couple of insurance companies and sought quotes and a group discount. We will take a call based on the best offer received from these insurance companies,” the officials said.

Most of the students in the BBMP-run institutions belong to lower socio-economic groups and the insurance cover will benefit them greatly.

“Instead of the BBMP conducting health camps, the students can go to hospitals for treatment and claim the expense incurred,” an official said.

In this regard, the funds earmarked for education was hiked from ₹64 crore to ₹89 crore. The BBMP recently decided to provide ties and belts along with uniforms.



posted May 22, 2017 by Krinz Kiran

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Was Old Building Razed 11 Yrs Ago After Rain Damage. It's been six years since the new building for Subbaiah Reddy Higher Primary School in Jogupalya, Ulsoor, was completed but it is yet to be inaugurated. The 82 students from the school are still sharing classrooms with students of BBMP High School on Jogupalya Main Road.

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Digital literacy, ethics for today’s teens

The worlwide net offers plethora of knowledge for

Media and Technology have become an integral part of our adolescents' lives. They provide incredible opportunities to communicate, create, gather information, entertain themselves and even build business. However, if digital media is not used judiciously, it can become a weapon that can destroy the teen's world. Hence digital literacy and ethics are extremely essential to keep them safe.

The worlwide net offers plethora of knowledge for children, but it's important to educate teens on cyber ethics, writes Dr Anuradha HS

What's digital literacy

Digital literacy is about having the skills to access, understand, question, critically analyze and evaluate online content. (Source: Digital ethics means not using technology to cheat.

Why is it important

Becoming digitally literate helps the teen to use the internet properly, developing a critical eye for accurate information and respect for other people's creative work. Most schools use technology effectively to educate students, administer tests, quizzes and give homework assignments. Educators can foster digital literacy skills among students in many ways. By using these skills, students can develop higher level of creative and critical thinking. The teachers become facilitators rather than sole experts. This also aids professional development of teachers. The teens become resilient and self-reliant, learn decision making and engage positively with technology. here is what a parent should teach their teens:

»Spot unreliable websites. Check the domain. Reliable ones are those that end as edu representing an educational institution, .gov represents a governmental organization. Those ending with .com are commercial sites, .org or .ngo represents non-governmental organization and needs to be verified.
»Evaluate author and content. Look if the author is listed and whether he/she is an expert
»Ensure that the content is current and accurate. See whether what has been expressed is a fact or an opinion.
»Follow the rules of digital ethics like avoiding use of pirated software, using content legally i.e. following copyright laws and also avoiding plagiarism.
»Teens need to understand the concept of digital cheating namely, texting answers, taking pictures of assignments and quizzes and copying and pasting other people's work.
A good digital citizen will keep in mind the following: (Source »Understand broader issues related to technology
»Understand rights and responsibilities
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»Use technology to participate in educational, cultural and economic activities
»Promote civility and respect online
»Apply critical thinking skills while evaluating internet sources.

Teens are the digital citizens of tomorrow. Educators and parents have the responsibility of building the adolescent's character. This also holds well in the online world. Every teen need to follow the principle — treat others the way you yourself wish to be treated, whether you are offline or online.<!-- 257082 1 -->

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