He Who Must Not Be Named

He Who Must Not Be Named

#TalkingSafety
Such was the fear of Lord Voldemort that people quaked at the very idea of uttering his name during his nearly three decade long reign (which saw his rise and fall and another rise and ultimate defeat). As the fear of him continued to grow even in his absence, a young boy emerged from the darkness who, unwittingly at first, addressed this fear head on by calling him by name and went on to do so as an act of defiance against him. It is in this context, dear readers, that I transport you from the world of fantasy fiction to the very real digital age and our new age death eaters, or trolls. Trolling is a form of cyber attack in which a certain user (called a troll) assails…
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#SocialSurfing Redresses Social Media Grievances

#SocialSurfing Redresses Social Media Grievances

Social Surfing
In association with Facebook since the year 2015, Centre for Social Research (CSR) launched ‘#SocialSurfing’. It is an initiative that has on board eight CSR team members, who go to colleges across India to talk about online safety, abuse, trolling, the art of counter speech, and using social media for social change. #SocialSurfing 3.0 rolled out this year has covered 159 colleges and approximately 8,000 students so far. The total target of #SocialSurfing 3.0 is 300 colleges and at least 15,000 more students. #SocialSurfing (2015) and #SocialSurfing 2.0 (2016) covered 105 colleges in over 21 states, 42 cities and reached out to more than 10,000 students. The structure of the #SocialSurfing workshop is designed to fit within one hour. With the help of videos, music, games and activities; the trainers…
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Dealing with Cyber-Bullying

Dealing with Cyber-Bullying

Social Surfing
Usually, cyber-bullies are children, pre-teens and early teenagers. Recently, Dr. Sameer Hinduja tweeted that resilience is the way to deal with and mitigate cyber-bullying. Our research on resilience agrees!!! #character2017 https://t.co/faU4YQrqBI https://t.co/NRPs2HuGkt — Sameer Hinduja (@hinduja) October 21, 2017 Dr. Hinduja is a “professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and Co-Director of the Cyber-Bullying Research Center. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyber-bullying and safe social media use, concerns that have paralleled the exponential growth in online communication by young people.” Cyber-bullying is the online manifestation of real life instances of the same. The rule that popular children and those who are physically powerful indulge in bullying does not necessarily apply in the realm of the same…
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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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