Safe In Cyberia


Ensuring Digital Safety

A discussion with India's cybersecurity experts to see how we, as a country, can fight the problems of data privacy and emphasise once again the critical need to think of values and ethics in technological development.

Highlights Of #SafeInCyberia Telethon: An Initiative To Ensure Safety In An Increasingly Online World For Teens And Young Adults

How can we keep our young adults safe from an increasingly online world? Find out how to stay safe in Cyberia with NDTV and Amrita University's 'Safe In Cyberia' initiative
May 15, 2022
20:49 (IST)
At #SafeInCyberia telethon, Shireen Vakil, Head of Safety Policy, Asia Pacific, Meta talks about how can one build privacy and protection
I think what we mean to do is to make sure that the apps are used only for people to connect and connect safely, hence we give the options to control what you share and what you can share like location is automatically sent to a private setting for minors. You can actually customise what you're sharing unless it's abusive, or with your family or colleagues. If someone is troubling you , you can block or report people and that's the way we know. If you block someone, they might try other means of contacting you, restricting option is also available.



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#SafeInCyberia: A telethon was organised today to discuss with experts how can we keep our teens and young adults safe in an increasingly online world

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Kazim Rizvi, Founding Director, The Dialogue joined the telethon and explained how the internet has changed in the last three decades

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Manoj Abraham, Nodal Officer, Kerala Police Cyberdome at the telethon explained what exactly is cybercrime and what all falls under it

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Ramaguru Radhakrishnan from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham stressed on the importance of responsible sharing of information online, said it is the key

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Rama Vedashree, CEO, Data Security Council of India highlighted the importance of online privacy

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Srinivas Kodali, Researcher on the #SafeInCyberia telethon said there is a need to teach responsible online behaviour to youngsters

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How to keep yourself safe online should be a part of school curriculum in India, said Ranjana Kumari, Director, Centre for Social Research

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Ritesh Bhatia, Cybercrime Investigator and Cybersecurity Consultant at the telethon spoke about cyberbullying and the importance of talking about it

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Debarati Halder & Anubha Srivastava discussed how can parents, teachers come together to create a protected digital environment for youngsters

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  • Kazim Rizvi
    Because of the COVID-19 pandemic the surge in people using the internet has also led to more of their data being available online and so the crimes have also increased.Kazim RizviFounding Director, The Dialogue
  • Manoj Abraham
    The internet is a dangerous neighbourhood for everybody, our children and adults. But children are more vulnerable.Manoj AbrahamNodal Officer, Kerala Police Cyberdome
  • Ranjana Kumari
    In order to make the online world safer, we need India to work on a policy change. How to keep yourself safe online should be a part of school curriculum. Ranjana KumariDirector, Centre for Social Research
  • Ramaguru Radhakrishnan
    Mindful sharing is important, this way you can restrict the amount of information that is going out. Ramaguru RadhakrishnanAssistant Professor, TIFAC-CORE in Cyber Security, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham 
  • Rama Vedashree
    Privacy is a fundamental right and there is a need for some legislation to deploy the same. Rama VedashreeCEO, Data Security Council of India



Physical spaces have been replaced by virtual playgrounds. Face-to-face meetings now mean emojis. If you like someone you send them a gif and not a gift. Student research is done on google and not in a physical library. There is an app to track and manage literally every aspect of our lives. For the shoppers, aisles have been replaced by pages. Our wallets are no longer made of leather.  

In short, we are living our lives in "Cyberia "and this was before the pandemic. The pandemic has changed the way we interact with and consume data.  


Digital environment that the pandemic created has further taken over practically every aspect of our lives. All our needs are being met online. Young adults, especially those in schools, are consuming and interacting with data like never before. But we are not just getting from the online world, we are also giving out something vital - information. About us. Without even knowing it.

Cybercrime, which includes everything from theft and embezzlement to data hacking and identity theft, was up 600% as a result of the pandemic. But the vast majority of the teens and young adults are not aware of the perils of the online world.

Issues of data security and privacy are not widely known. The frequent use of digital tools to lure young people into dangerous and compromising situations is not known. The infinite possibilities and types of cybercrime are not known.


  • Awareness


    There is a need to create Awareness, Learning, Understanding (ALU) amongst teens and young adults. How can they play an active role in keeping themselves safe in an increasingly online world?

  • Sensitisation


    Sensitisation is the need of an hour. It is needed from a very early phase, since children are now using phones more than ever and from an earlier stage.

  • Digital Safety

    Digital Safety

    Digital Safety Programmes need to be made a part of school and college curriculums. It is a must in today's life.

  • Conversations


    Regular conversations around data security, privacy and cybercrime, a structured approach through the curriculum, along with building a stronger set of value systems in the younger generation.

  • Understanding


    Equally, we need to understand how the whole ecosystem of parents, teachers, media, banks, networks, peer influence, and also the government, can come together to create a safer, more protected digital environment for our young.