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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
19:39 (IST)
Remember the word 'AMMA', says Ramaguru Radhakrishnan, Assistant Professor, TIFAC-CORE in Cyber Security, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore as he shares tips to stay safe on the internet
We started a centre in 2005 and we give courses on cyber security and an M.Tech course recently. We give knowledge on encryption and analysing the security of existing algorithms and we teach them to use machine learning or deep learning to identify crimes and we also teach them on how to do forensics with block chain and crypto.

Remember this word 'AMMA':

A is awareness, be aware of the technologies we are using or information we are sharing and who all can access it
M is mindful sharing - whatever we share is there on the internet forever
M is mindful decision-making without being judgemental. If we don't judge our children they will come to us to share their problems
A is anonymity. A lot of problems in the world is anonymity and we should teach them that nothing is anonymous


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Physical spaces have been replaced by virtual playgrounds.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.