Kolkata: More than 250 students from 62 ICSE-affiliated schools of Kolkata and its neighbouring districts learned about social media and its impact on our everyday life at a day-long workshop on Saturday.
The seminar, conducted by counsellors and cyber experts, deliberated on the positives and negatives of social media networks like Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram and online video games, including Blue Whale challenge, Secretary of the Association of ICSE Schools in West Bengal Nabarun De said.
"Every school was represented by three students - from 9th, 10th and 11th standards - and a teacher at the workshop and the response was very encouraging," he said.
De said the concerned students will now interact with their classmates and juniors at their respective institutions and help spreading the message.
Such interactions became necessary as smart phones are now an inevitable part of our lives and school children are not exception, Navneet Sharma, one of the attending teachers, said.
The workshop also sensitised students about the deleterious effects of smart phone addiction on their education and extracurricular activities, De said.
"We have always encouraged students to involve themselves in sporting activities and asked all member schools to encourage their peers to participate in on-field games, necessary for all-round development of young ones," he said.