Campus lessons on cyber safety

Campus lessons on cyber safety

SECURE SURFING: East Singhbhum SSP Anoop Birtharay at the cyber workshop in Jamshedpur on Tuesday. (Bhola Prasad)

Jamshedpur: Did you know your phone camera can be hacked and used to record live videos from anywhere across the world? Were you aware of the fact that sending friend or game requests to one person on social media for innumerable number of times is considered as cyber stalking?

To raise awareness on cyber crime and help children make potential use of the virtual world, Hill Top School along with social outfits Cyber Peace Foundation and Kalpavriksh Foundation organised a three-day workshop titled ‘Cyber Peace Corps Workshop’ on Tuesday.

While Day One of the workshop took place at Hill Top School, Day Two and Day Three will be held at Narbheram Hansraj English School in Bistupur and People’s Academy High School in Baradwari on September 19 and 20, respectively.

East Singhbhum SSP Anoop Birtharay, who was the chief guest on the occasion, inaugurated the workshop on Tuesday in the presence of Cyber Peace Foundation president Vineet Kumar and project manager of the foundation Nitish Chandan from Dharamshala and Hill Top School principal Puneeta B. Chouhan.

Around 170 students from Classes VIII to XI of Little Flower School, Shiksha Niketan, SDSM School for Excellence and Kerala Samajam Model School took part in workshop. A separate session on cyber parenting was also held for parents.

“With the rise in crimes against children and financial frauds, it is important that both children and adults stay alert. I would advice students to stay connected in real life rather than focusing on increasing their social media presence,” said Birtharay.

From focusing on cyber laws to explaining ‘cyber trolling’, students were made aware of the smallest possible details. They also learnt about phone cloning and privacy settings on social media. Students were also told to make creative use of the Internet by writing blogs.

“It seems girls are more prey to cyber crime. From now on I will be a bit cautious while surfing the net,” said Anusuya Roy, Class VIII student of SDSM School for Excellence.

Parents too shared their concerns on how to monitor their children’s activities on social media without being too prying.

Cyber Peace Foundation president Vineet Kumar said the Union government had launched a portal cybercrime.gov.in where one can report cyber crime without revealing his/her identity. “We told parents that restricting their children from using social media isn’t a solution. Instead they should ensure their children are making judicious use of the platform,” said Vineet Kumar.

While students received goodies, parents were handed over booklets on cyber parenting.