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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
19:28 (IST)
Staying #SafeInCyberia: What to do and what not to do
Here are some tips on how to stay safe in Cyberia.

What to do:
• Set strong passwords
• Use encrypted messaging services for online activities including messaging, video conferencing, emails etc
• Use only HTTP secured websites for shopping & any other form of transactions
• Read the privacy policies of websites carefully
• Disconnect the web camera, mic and location when not required

What not to do:
• Avoid using public wi-fi
• Never share OTPs on the phone
• Do not accept all cookies
• Do not give apps access to your location data unnecessarily
• Avoid sharing 'personal data' on social media
• Exercise caution when talking to strangers on dating apps & never meet them without adequate background check


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.



Physical spaces have been replaced by virtual playgrounds.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 For the shoppers, aisles have been replaced by pages.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.