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Guwahati: The Governor of Assam, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi on Monday launched U-Report for the Suraksha campaign for the young people of Assam. The U-Report, an interactive digital tool, will focus on issues of cyberbullying and corporal punishment as identified by National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers as an impact of Covid-19.
Launching the U-Report for Suraksha campaign here, he hailed efforts to educate young people about the importance of protecting themselves in online spaces and understanding their rights.
Cyberbullying and corporal punishment were challenges identified by 2,000 NSS volunteers during workshops organized with Unicef ​​and facilitated by its partner, the WAY Foundation in 2020. He also urged young people to report any type of violence and abuse.
“I will ask all VCs to inform students about U-Report and ask them to participate. Likewise, I encourage all volunteers from the National Service Scheme (NSS), Bharat Scouts and Guides and National Cadet Corps to join this company,” Mukhi said.
The organizers aim to reach and gather the opinions of 45,000 NSS volunteers to start with and Unicef ​​has planned more U-Report info-bots and quizzes on protection issues to continue supporting actions and to bring the concerns of young people to the highest level of decision-making.
“We asked volunteers about the impact of Covid on their lives, and they expressed concerns about cyberbullying and being subjected to corporal punishment, and not knowing what to do about it,” said declared Deepak KumarRegional Manager, NSS NE.
Madhulika Jonathan, Head of Unicef ​​Assam, said, “This (campaign) will help us understand the extent of the problem in the state and present it to officials to inform policies and programmes.”
Guwahati Police Commissioner Harmeet Singh said unfortunately evidence of violence against children is scarce as there are no national or state-level prevalence surveys focused on this issue. “Case reporting is low as people often avoid reporting its occurrence due to existing stereotypes,” Singh said. “U-Report is a unique tool to understand the current situation and can inform Assam Police programs,” he added.
Samudra Gupta Kashyap, State Information Commissioner, said the media is a force multiplier and an effective tool for development.
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