Children, women need awareness on cyber crime: Expert


Children, women need awareness on cyber crime


There is an urgent need to educate children and women about the need to be cautious in cyberspace, according to Rakshit Tandon, Chief Resource Advisor, Internet and Mobile Association of India.

Delivering a talk on cyber security organised by the FICCI Ladies Organisation here on Tuesday, he said the tender users of the Internet knew only how to use it but not the perils associated with it. “We need to teach them cyber hygiene,’’ said Tandon, who claims to have trained seven lakh school-going children in cyber security since last four years.

Cyber harassment, cyber stalking and bullying were emerging as major issues concerning women and children who regularly use Internet. “There are 110 million mobile users in India and 80 per cent of them are young. Even school children from VI standard onwards are using smart phones,’’ he said.

As children were not being monitored by the parents new problems such as ‘sexting’ (sharing personal, nude pictures among the peer group) were coming up. “In Delhi schools, this is a big problem,’’ he added.

The lack of awareness about cyber laws was resulting in youngsters getting lured to cyber frauds. “There was a case in Lucknow recently in which a 12{+t}{+h} standard students hacked 22 bank accounts and transferred Rs 15 lakh to his account,’’ Tandon said.


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