Cybercrime awareness drive to be held by police

Sakal Times
Friday, 13 October 2017

Officials said that youths in the age group of 14 to 24 years are increasingly falling prey to cybercrime and this campaign is to counter the menace

Pune: “We Fight Cyber Crime (#WeFightCC)”, an initiative to spread awareness about cybercrime among students and teachers, will be launched by Pune city police on October 16.
The aim is to train over 1,000 teachers and more than 20,000 students from different schools and colleges in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad.

Officials said that youths in the age group of 14 to 24 years are increasingly falling prey to cybercrime and this campaign is to counter the menace.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Deputy Commissioner of police (cybercrime) Sudhir Hiremath said, “With the advancement of information technology, our society is facing increased challenges from cybercrime. Students and youths who are spending significant time on the cyber space, form the most vulnerable sections of society who are either been victimised or on the verge of becoming potential delinquent due to improper or misuse of information technology. The recent deaths related to the Blue Whale game is the culmination of these type of crimes against mankind through technological misuse. We felt that it can be restricted by systematic intervention and well-planned awareness programmes among students and youths.”

According to the police, in the first step, a massive social media campaign about cyber crimes and their prevention techniques will be launched. Then, competitions like oratory, slogan making on issued related to cyber crimes would be held for students for creating awareness.

“After that, teachers will be trained on the tools/software and behavioural methodology to tackle cyber crimes prevalent against children. A city-level conference would be arranged for all representatives of the schools and colleges in Pune. We will invite esteemed speakers, cybercrime experts and child psychologists etc. on the single platform to help participants to understand the menace of cybercrime. The teachers would be provided with cyber trainer manual which they can use for training students. Cyber experts from C-DAC, Google India, Career Corner have extended their support for the initiative,” Hiremath said.

At the end of the project, in January 2018, an impact assessment would be conducted for all stakeholders to measure the effectiveness of the programme.

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