We live in a world where internet has become an inalienable part of our lives and as unaware citizens we are prone to fall prey to cyber-crimes. Therefore, the Cyber Cell of Delhi Metropolitan Education, Noida, consider its duty to spread awareness, educate and warn the society about the implications of unsafe use of the internet .On 6th November, 2017 i.e. Monday, the Cell visited Delhi World Public School and conducted a workshop for school children of 5th to 8th standard on Safe Surfing on the internet. The prime motive of this awareness workshop was to educate the young minds about the proper use of the internet and sensitizing them about the consequences and repercussions of it being misused.
The workshop started with an introductory video on Cyber Bullying followed by a preliminary Session by Trupti Panigrahi. Thereafter, Joyce Jacob gave a presentation on Cyber Bullying and explained its meaning and consequences to the audience. She began by sharing her own experience to which the audience responded very warmly. A lot of students raised hands to share their experiences of being bullied online. Joyce then discussed about the Blue Whale Challenge and how children should not fall prey to such games. The next presentation was given by Tanya Singh who discussed about Cyber-Stalking. The enthusiastic audience participated and interacted with her actively to learn about Cyber Stalking. Ahad Ahmad Khan and Mohd. Asad Saeed then gave a joint presentation on Impersonation. The students were explained about the real meaning of impersonation and the ways to avoid it. They educated the young students about privacy settings and its importance. After the completion of all the presentations, a small skit on Cyber Bullying and its consequences was demonstrated by few students of the college. The motive of the workshop was not only to warn the young minds about the cyber crimes they are prone to, but also to encourage them to report such crimes and confide in their parents/teachers. They were encouraged to extend moral support to the victims of cyber bullying in their respective friend circles. The workshop was concluded by a student of the school who expressed her gratitude towards the cell for conducting this workshop and extended a promise to the effect that they would follow the safety tips given to them during the workshop. The Cell distributed among the students of the school numerous Pamphlets depicting precautionary measures which may be taken to prevent cyber bullying. Further, being enlightened by the workshop, the Ms. Jyoti Arora, Respected Principal of the school while having a discussion with Ms. Komal Kapoor (Assitant Professor of Law and Convener of the Cell) and the other faculty members of the college, expressed her strong desire to engage her school’s students with the Cyber Cell of DME and its activities to enable them to learn by witnessing practical situations.