Troll Police- The New Show on the Block!

Troll Police- The New Show on the Block!

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Internet has flourished all over, not surprisingly, people have started to misuse it. The latest reality show on MTV talks about this very phenomenon, and addresses the issue of trolling and cyber bullying. The series starring Rannvijay Singha initiates a dialogue between celebrities and their trolls. It addresses the harsh reality that people have been trolled in the online as well as in the offline spaces. It also aims to address the psychology of trolls, and how trolling impacts the daily lives of celebrities. In the first episode Tapsee Pannu was featured, while in the second episode Priyank Sharma and Benafsha Soonawalia were present. In the recently aired episode, RJ Malishka was featured. Humiliation, slut-shaming and body-shaming are some of the incidences which are very common in trolling and bullying,…
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Artivism: Activism through Art on Instagram

Artivism: Activism through Art on Instagram

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Change is such a powerful word, encompassing both terror and beauty in equal measures. When art attempts to capture change, it is a picture to behold. Art has found new expression in its easy access to audiences worldwide through thriving digital platforms like Instagram. Artists, activists and thinkers have taken to the digital revolution and turned it on its head by revolutionalising the digital space. Our worlds have just grown bigger, brighter, and more beautiful. Amidst the many works by “artivists “, we came across a few campaigns that are leaving a mark on the hearts of Instagrammers world over. One such Instagram account belongs to Delphine Diallo who works towards representing the inner strength of female identities which she captures in her art. The idea that women have influence…
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#SocialSurfing Redresses Social Media Grievances

#SocialSurfing Redresses Social Media Grievances

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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

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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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Shillong Times – Day 1

Shillong Times – Day 1

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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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