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Internet has become one of the integral part of our daily life. It has transformed the way we communicate, make friends, share updates, play games, and shop. They are impacting most aspects of our day-to-day life. Education is one of the important sectors for dissemination of information on prevention of cyber-crimes and reiterated that students can act, as a force multiplier to create an ecosystem for cyber security and to prevent cyber-crimes
Cyberspace connects us virtually with crores of online users across the globe. With increasing use of cyberspace, cybercrimes especially against women and children such as cyber stalking, cyber bullying, cyber harassment, child pornography, rape content, etc. are also increasing rapidly. To stay safe in the online world, it is important to follow some cyber safe practices which may help in making our online experience and productive:


1. Cyber awareness and hygiene for parents


  • Talk to your children about the potential online threats such as grooming, bullying, and stalking, keep track of their online activities. Set clear guidelines for internet and online games usage.

  • Notice indicators of change in behaviour: If your child begins to spend more time online and starts being defensive or secretive about their online activities, it may be an indicator of cyber grooming. Talk to your child and engage him/ her in other activities.

  • Protect your child from Cyber Grooming: Grooming is a practice where someone builds an emotional bond with a child through social media or chat window with an objective of gaining their trust for sexual exploitation.

  • Never click suspicious links or attachments: Never click on links or files received in e-mail, text message or social media from unknown person. This may be an attempt to infect computer with a malware.

  • Cover your webcams:A web camera (default in laptops) if hacked/compromised can be leveraged as a medium to observe/watch and record day to day activities. It is a recommended to cover webcam when not in use.

  • Install anti-virus software’s with parental control functionality or parental control software’s on the devices used by children and review there privacy settings of social media sites used by them..

  • Keep software updated: Keep your software and Operating system up-to-date. Hackers target software vulnerabilities to access private information and putting you at risk, so make sure to update all your software with the latest security patches. Never install software, games, music and apps from trusted sources.

  • Set Secure browser settings: Always choose updated version of the browser and install safe browsing tools for protection yourself from hackers and malware.

2. Cyber awareness and hygiene for teens and young adults


  • Secure your online presence just like you secure yourself: If you have not selected the right settings on your social media accounts, then photos and videos posted can be viewed, downloaded and used by others without your knowledge.

  • Be mindful of your appearance on video chat & video calls: Your video chats on social media sites can be recorded by the person on the other side.There have been instances where video chats which were supposed to be private in nature have been recorded and shared on social media groups and websites.Be careful while accepting chat requests from strangers

  • Do not use Smartphone for taking sensitive personal photographs and videos : Do not use Smartphone for taking sensitive personal photographs and videos. Most of the smartphones are connected to internet and cloud storage. If a picture or video has been clicked/ recorded by using smartphone connected with the cloud, it may get saved automatically into the cloud. Even if users delete their photos or videos from their phone, the same photo or video can be recovered from the cloud account or any other device/ PC connected to the cloud using same account.

  • Protect yourself from Cyber stalking: Cyber stalkers show advances on a person repeatedly despite clear indication of disinterest by such person. They use internet, email, social media or any other form of electronic communication for stalking.Disable location services for social media sites, mobile devices etc.Refrain from sharing your personal information like Phone number, e-mail address, photographs with unknown persons.Consult your relatives and friends, if you think you are a victim of Cyber stalking

  • Beware of fake social media accounts- Not all the accounts are real and not all information provided on accounts are true Be cautious while accepting friend requests from strangers.

  • Be careful while you give your mobile devices, PC’s for servicing/repairing/selling Personal commuters and mobile devices consists private information’s which needs to be erased before sending it for repairing, servicing or selling.

  • Protect your communication devices: Prevent others from accessing your devices by providing password, PIN, Pattern or biometric information. Always install applications to your mobile phones, computers, etc. from a trusted source only e.g. Play store, App store or from official company websites.

  • Report if you find content related to of Child Pornography (CP)/Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) or sexually explicit material Any content related to of Child Pornography (CP)/ Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) or sexually explicit material such as Rape/ Gang Rape (CP/RGR) content should be report to the concerned social media website.

3. Cyber awareness and hygiene for organizations


  • How to deal with Child Pornography (CP)/ Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) or sexually explicit material in workplace? about the potential online threats such as grooming, bullying, and stalking, keep track of their online activities. Set clear guidelines for internet and online games usage.

  • Notice indicators of change in behaviour: If your child begins to spend more time online and starts being defensive or secretive about their online activities, it may be an indicator of cyber grooming. Talk to your child and engage him/ her in other activities.

  • Protect your child from Cyber Grooming: Grooming is a practice where someone builds an emotional bond with a child through social media or chat window with an objective of gaining their trust for sexual exploitation.

  • Never click suspicious links or attachments: All organisations should have clear and strong HR policies on how to deal with content on Child Pornography (CP)/ Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) or sexually explicit material
    Organisations should have clear rules for use of electronic devices provided by the organisation
    If any employee is found possessing obscene or indecent content, proper investigation and action should be taken against them
    The organisation should report any incidence of sharing and storage of obscene content within the organisation to the police. The copy of the content should be saved as an evidence with restricted access
    All other copies of the content should be deleted
    They can also report through National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal (www.cybercrime.gov.in).

  • Publication, Collection and Distribution of Child Pornography (CP)/Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) or sexually explicit material is illegal Under Section 67 and 67A of Information Technology Act, 2000 makes publication and distribution of any material containing sexually explicit act or conduct in electronic form a punishable offence. Section 67B of IT Act, criminalizes browsing, downloading, creation, publication and distribution of child pornography.

  • Be safe, Browse safe!

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