Why Teaching Children About Cyber Safety is Important

Why Teaching Children About Cyber Safety is Important

Online Safety
In today’s time, where we turn to computers and smartphones with internet for almost everything, our increasing dependence on the same makes us more vulnerable to cyber attacks and crimes. With children younger than six year using tablets to play games, children are exposed to the cyber world from a very young age. While this supplements their growth and learning by leading them to a world of infinite information and possibilities, it also introduces them to a world where anyone sitting behind a computer screen can contact and communicate with these children with ill intentions, making them more prone to be victims of cybercrimes. Almost all school going children have access to social networking sites or the social media, however, a very small percentage of these children are aware of…
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Revenge Porn – A Reality of Our Times

Revenge Porn – A Reality of Our Times

Online Safety
M and W fell in love. 2 weeks later M messages W to send in nudes. W resisted but M convinces her. Picture sent. Two months later they break up L. W somehow moves on. One day she is checking her Facebook profile and receives an inbox from M. Happily opens up the folder thinking he still wants to remain in touch. Gets Shocked. M shared the picture which she had sent him. Now he wants money else he will post the picture online. W gets scared and has nowhere to go. W becomes a victim of REVENGE PORN. Sharing content (images, videos, morphed graphics) of Or referring to a person, without his/her consent is revenge porn. The cyber space today is witnessing a large amount of such cases where…
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#SocialMediaCares – Instagram Safety Tools

#SocialMediaCares – Instagram Safety Tools

Online Safety
Instagram has launched new safety tools for better online experience. Now Instagrammers can turn off ‘Comments’ for their posts, remove followers and report to Instagram about self-injury posts. Like Facebook, Instagram now has the Two Factor Authentication which ensures that no one apart from the genuine account holder, can access the social media account. It has also come up with the concept of ‘Instameet’ so that kindness as a humanitarian need, can Trend. When in life everything seems to be falling apart, you need to tune in some hope. Social media always comes to the rescue with its serotonin bullets in the form of motivational quotes that does the rounds on Facebook, images of exotic people, places and food that are floated on Instagram or someone Tweeting a lot of…
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Why Cyber Is Not So Serious?

Why Cyber Is Not So Serious?

Online Safety
Naked, a short film directed by Rakesh Kumar featuring Kalki Koechlin touches upon a very sensitive but unfortunately suppressed issue of violence against women in the online spaces. The plot perfectly encapsulates the hesitation of an entertainment journalist Ria who is forced to encash a leaked video of popular actress Sandy. The beautifully narrated response of Sandy towards the ‘leaked video’ is the USP of Naked. The society as a whole has only progressed with discussion on violence against women but hasn’t accepted all forms of atrocities as crimes. While the leaked video was part of a film which otherwise people would have seen too but because it was leaked it became scandalous. Wonder why rapists, murderers, harassers haven’t been scandalous enough for us? There have been numerous cases where…
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Freedom of Speech Vs Being Social Online

Freedom of Speech Vs Being Social Online

Online Safety
As we discuss the virtual space in today’s world as essential platforms for networking, socializing, career, businesses etc., it has developed and grown as a space which is also home to millions of brains coming together and having conversations openly. And since all the users have the freedom to express at the online spaces, there is an ongoing debate on who should be barred from the social media platforms so as to ensure safety of the users. Though filtering of users who are exploiting the social media spaces with illicit intentions can probably help in cleaning up the space, it is highly debatable. Banning users from social media has been at times stated as unconstitutional or as a barrier to freedom of speech. The argument is based on who to…
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