Twitter Introduces New Direct Messages Features

Twitter Introduces New Direct Messages Features

Online Safety
Social networking platforms have really revolutionized how people communicate with each other and disseminate information through means of the internet. With over 313 million active users monthly, twitter has emerged as one of the leading social media platforms in the last few years. With each networking site trying to introduce new features to attract a greater number of users, Twitter, the micro blogging app, has also recently rolled out new features for its app and website in order to make it more user and business friendly. The first new feature allows users who can receive messages from users who don’t follow their account to filter the same. In addition to the ‘messages’ tab in the inbox there will now be another tab labeled ‘requests’ that will display messages from unknown…
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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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‘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

Current Events
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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