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How Can Parents, Teachers Come Together To Create A Protected Digital Environment For Youngsters?

During the #SafeInCyberia telethon, Debarati Halder, Founder, Centre for Cyber Victim Counselling and Anubha Srivastava, President, India Wide Parents Association discuss wide ranging issues from looking for signs of social-media addiction, gaming-addiction, mental health challenges, cyberbullying, access to pornography and child sexual abuse material and other challenges, to how and when to report criminal activity. The panelists highlighted the need for open conversations in homes and schools around cybercrime, identifying fake news and gender sensitisation.

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.