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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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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Engaging With Students In Kochi, Kerala On Online Safety

Engaging With Students In Kochi, Kerala On Online Safety

Online Safety
We travelled to Kerala from Coimbatore on Saturday morning, getting our plan in place for the workshops that were to be held there. The topography in south India is absolutely stunning. Our Social Surfing journey through the country has given us a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience seeing India in the best way possible. Interacting with people from all states has taught us a lot. It was Day 6 and we were at Vimala College, Thrissur. A total of 108 girls attended from the Departments of Economics and Social Work. To see a group of students engaging and participating with enthusiasm makes us happy like nothing else does. Most of the crowd was active on Facebook and participated wholeheartedly in the activities of the workshop. A lot of…
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Social Surfing 3.0 Day 3, 10 Workshops Down

Social Surfing 3.0 Day 3, 10 Workshops Down

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Social surfing 3.0 is now beginning to gain momentum. We've had our share of warm up and are ready to race to the finish line. The most important way to ensure we get there is to keep the passion alive. The best part about a team that enjoys what they do is that the work becomes a lot more easier and when a mammoth task is ahead of you, the process doesn't feel slow, there's no drudgery. One of our aims in this phase is to encourage our participants to express themselves and do so in whatever language they feel comfortable. We believe being able to talk in English really doesn't have much to do with intelligence. Celebrating uniqueness is so important. We conducted 3 workshops today and the teams…
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Social Surfing 3.0 Day 2, 7 Workshops Down

Social Surfing 3.0 Day 2, 7 Workshops Down

Online Safety
With a bright and early start to the day, we hit the road by 7. Breakfast would have to be along the way, we needed to get to our first workshop by 9:30 and it was a little far from where we were staying. A long day of work was ahead of us. Vikram was the star trainer of the day and with several tricks up his leave, he captivated the audience's attention and we had yet another day of successful workshops. We were at the Jeppiaar Institute Of Technology and conducted 4 workshops with several groups of students. It took some techniques to get the crowd moving and thinking but we got there, giving up is something we just don't consider. By now we've got the ability to sense…
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