Read Between the Lines: Sarahah

Read Between the Lines: Sarahah

Online Safety
Haven’t we all fantasized about being someone’s secret crush at some point or other? Hoping that boy who sat on the last bench in class wrote all that beautiful poetry with you as a muse? Or added that girl on Facebook who took your breath away during every debate competition but you got tongue-tied in front of her every single time? Well, this had to be it, right? The day and age of Sarahah and the garb of anonymity it came with allowing users to finally say all those things unsaid. So this was exciting, and most importantly, easy to use. You simply registered yourself, shared your sarahah link and you’re flooded with “honest” messages. It appealed to the narcissist in us, put us in a world where everything was…
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Shillong Times – Day 1

Shillong Times – Day 1

Social Surfing
Our crazy crew is in Shillong, Meghalaya and it really is the Scotland of the East! Braving torrential rain and landslides, the Social Surfing team conducted 3 workshops in Martin Luther Christian University in the Departments of Fine Arts, Management Sciences, and Computer Sciences. Never having attended a workshop like this before, they were shy at first but it didn’t take long to get them up on their feet and dancing! The sessions were most interactive and the trainers had as much fun as the students did. The students loved the format of the workshop with the part regarding safety mechanisms and how to stay safe online causing many curious students to reach out to the trainers post the workshop with queries. And that’s our favourite part! The first day…
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Masterclass On Online Safety and Social Media for Social Change

Masterclass On Online Safety and Social Media for Social Change

Social Surfing
College - National Institute of Technology, Rourkela City/State - Rourkela, Orissa No of Students - 51 Positive vibes all around NIT, Rourkela is ranked 12 in the list of Indian Engineering Universities. Its foundation stone was laid by the first prime minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. It was granted autonomy in 2002 and now functions independently under the Ministry of Human Resources Development thus becoming one of the National Institutes of Technology. Social Fencing - one of the most popular activities in our workshops The drive to Rourkela was stunning. We drove from Balasore and went through about 3 national forests and the landscape was lush green. We arrived at the university and the workshop started at 4 in the evening. The students were of sociology, b-tech and chemistry.…
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Social Media & Online Safety Workshop at Fakir Mohan University

Social Media & Online Safety Workshop at Fakir Mohan University

Social Surfing
College - A mix of the different departments at Fakir Mohan University City/State - Balasore, Orissa No of students - 100 When we arrived at Fakir Mohan University Balasore/Baleshwar is around 194 Km's from the capital of Bhubaneshwar and the drive was absolutely beautiful. Not all that different from Vietnam or Laos, social media could play a great role in promoting tourism for this part of the country. Interesting fact- 18 km's south of Balasore is the Indian Ballistic Missile Defence Program's integrated test range. Many well known missiles such as Nag, Brahmos and Agni Missile etc have been developed here by the Defence Research and Development Organisation. One of our most popular activities - Social Fencing We arrived at the university and a heavy bout of monsoon arrived with…
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Workshop on Basics Of Staying Safe on Social Media at John Mathai Centre

Workshop on Basics Of Staying Safe on Social Media at John Mathai Centre

Online Safety
College - John Mathai Centre City/State - Thrissur, Calicut, Kerala No of students - 95 Right at the epicentre of Thrissur is Vadakkumnathan temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. We were to visit the University of Calicut for our first set of workshops in Kerala. Dr Shyjan Davis, professor of Economics at the university said that it was important for students across Kerala to know the necessity of taking safety precautions on the various social media platforms. He was keen to host this workshop for his students because he wanted them to know that when sharing information on social media, one must be extremely careful of who its being shared with. In addition to that one mustn't befriend everyone on facebook since the crime and bullying related to fake id's is…
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