‘Rethink’ – A Cyber Bullying app that stems the destruction

‘Rethink’ – A Cyber Bullying app that stems the destruction

Social Surfing
Trisha Prabhu made ‘Rethink’, an app for cyber bullying. She was nominated for the Google Science Fair as Global Finalist. After reading about a suicide committed by an eleven year old girl who was the victim of cyber bullying, Prabhu stated, “For me, stopping cyber bullying was stopping (it) at the source which was with the cyber bullying.” The ‘Rethink’ product prototype is designed to plug into social media apps and sends a “This message may be hurtful. Are you sure you want to post this?” message to the person who is about to post on social media. Right now, Prabhu’s app is gathering a lot of momentum at the global level. She has also pitched her app in the ‘Shark Tank’ which is a television show. The show features…
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Hazards of Misleading Information on Social Media

Hazards of Misleading Information on Social Media

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2013 – A forwarded Whatsapp video of the lynching of a two year old boy sparked riots in Muzzaffarnagar, India. While the video recording was of an incident in Pakistan, it was promoted as Hindu- Muslim rivalry act here. 2017 – On the suspicion of child lifting, nine people were killed in Jharkhand in three days. This was after a Whatsapp message was being circulated with the message below: (Transcripted in English) ...Suspected child lifters are carrying sedatives, injections, spray, cotton and small towels. They speak Hindi, Bangla and Malyali. If you happen to see any stranger near your house immediately inform local police as he could be a member of the child lifting gang,” The youth groups based in tribal-dominated East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan districts, received whatsapp messages of…
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Fake or Real – How Does One Distinguish?!

Fake or Real – How Does One Distinguish?!

Social Surfing
In today’s age and times, world news has become akin to personal news. Gone are the days when one would flip through reams of newspaper, with a cup of tea, and spend an hour devouring the happenings of the country and the world. Today, we have news from across the countries at our fingertips. In this era of instant news and a world governed by social media activity, what has become increasingly common, and quite disturbing, is the spread of fake news. It is unlikely that you haven’t fallen prey to this- we may have passed on a false forward or liked and shared an incorrect news item, or worse still, reacted strongly to a false case. While we are not alone, we do need to collectively realize the ramifications…
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#TalkingSafety: Cyber Etiquette

#TalkingSafety: Cyber Etiquette

#TalkingSafety
#TalkingSafety: Cyber Etiquette, an extremely important part of our social media life is our etiquette. How do we behave with each other, whats the sort of messaging we create, indulge in. Here is our #SocialSurfer Priyanka explaining it in #Marathi on #MaharashtraDay. Please listen in and share with your friends. #TalkingSafety: Cyber Etiquette, We have traveled across India, talking to millennials about #OnlineSafety, here is our lead trainer Mr. Vikram explaining the basics of online communication in his mother tongue Harayanvi. Please listen in as our #GentleJaat clarifies some online common sense.
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#TalkingSafety: How To Report

#TalkingSafety: How To Report

#TalkingSafety
#TalkingSafety: How To Report. As per the input of our community member Mr. Nasir Khatri, we decided to take up the matter of reporting. When we face anti social behavior, or discriminatory content on social media platforms we feel helpless, though there is a lot that we can do about it, like report to the platform, or reach out to our organization heads, or civil society organizations working to curb cyber abuse, the ministry of women and children has comevout with a dedicated email to fight online stalking and abuse, plus the option of filing an FIR is also there. Its extremely important that you speak up against online violence, do reach out, there is a lot that can be done! Cyber Crime Units across India Ministry of Women and…
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