CYBER SECURITY FOR CHILDREN IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD
It's undeniable that today's world has rapidly changed with much uncertainty. As we adapt to a new way of life since the new normal is the virtual world during this current pandemic situation, most of us rely on technology to get us through.
With 2000+ attendees including principals and teachers from countries like Dubai, Oman, Muscat, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Nepal tuning on Live, a webinar was organised by Mrs. Swapna Nair, Principal, Arwachin International School, Delhi and President, ABYUDAYA SAHODAYA in collaboration with Shahdara District Legal Services Authority(DLSA),Delhi,India, to discuss the most talked about topic ‘Cyber Security for Children in the Virtual World’ during this tough time of COVID 19 pandemic. The Resource persons were Mr. Kanwaljeet Arora, Member Secretary, Delhi State Legal Services Authority, Mr. Neeraj Arora , Cyber crime expert, AOR Supreme and the moderator was Mrs. Veena Mishra, Principal, National Victor Public School, Delhi.
Mr.Neeraj Arora, answered the questions of the participants regarding financial frauds and scams,OTP scams, email phishing, blackmail and pornography on dating apps and investment frauds. He guided on issues like child pornography, use of social networking sites and platforms by underage children, and kids falling prey to digital addiction and games without digital well being controls.
The experts discussed the various possibilities of account hacking and also emphasized on the importance of being aware of their surroundings. The Resource persons highlighted the need for parents to keep in touch with their children about the details of their accounts on Facebook, Whatsapp etc.and discussed about the legal aid available to children and women in particular.
Mrs. Swapna Nair recommended, “It is important to apply preventative mechanisms to reduce the risk of harm to children and young people in the physical and online environments that they engage with.” She also said, “We hope that once the lockdown is over, we will be armed with necessary remedial measures to help India’s children get back on the road to a truly happy, healthy, creative and safe childhood.”
This was the second initiative by Arwachin International School as another webinar on ‘POCSO Act 2012:Legal Remedies Against Increased Incidence during Lockdown’ was conducted by Ms.Vidhi Gupta Anand, Secretary DLSA, Shahdara and Ms. Prabhdeep Kaur, Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala House Court, Delhi on June 13, 2020, giving children’s protection top priority.