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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
20:35 (IST)
Ritesh Bhatia, Cybercrime Investigator and Cybersecurity Consultant joins the special 2-hour #SafeInCyberia telethon
As far as cyber-bullying is concerned, it's one part of the cyber harassment. Under cyber harassment, there are several things like trolling. When trolling happens with kids, we call it cyber bullying. We have seen several people being bullied to such an extent that they want to commit suicide. It's extremely important, there are kids who can't talk to parents or teachers about it. At that point of time, it's very important to talk to friends or get in touch with anti-cyber organisations such as CYBER B.A.A.P. or somebody else. Speak to them. This is something that can be taken care of. When someone is being trolled we generally keep quiet. Here we need to come together and stop the bullying.


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Physical spaces have been replaced by virtual playgrounds.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 For the shoppers, aisles have been replaced by pages.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