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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
20:12 (IST)
In law, we currently do not have rights for our data protection: Lalit Panda, Senior Resident Fellow, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy
We currently do not in law have rights for our data protection. There are some provisions in the IT act about certain kinds of images and sensitive information, but the idea where our personal information is given the right and recognised is important. This culture of awareness is extremely important. If a company is to use your personal data they are to declare what they are using it for and the anchor needs to be taken on a consent, hence the vision of a data protection law and the person using your data is, you still need to have continued right over your data and how to correct it or to stop it from being published.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

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.

WHERE DOES INDIA’S YOUTH HANGOUT?

WHERE DOES INDIA’S YOUTH HANGOUT?

Physical spaces have been replaced by virtual playgrounds.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 For the shoppers, aisles have been replaced by pages.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

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