December 07, 2018

Ministry of Home Affairs issues Handbook for Students/Adolescents on Cyber Safety

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On December 3, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India, in consultation with Cyber Security experts prepared a Handbook for Students/Adolescents on Cyber Safety.

The Handbook aims at creating awareness among citizens, especially students, about various cyber threats that can impact them and ways to safeguard themselves against cybercrimes.

As reported in the Handbook, “Children are highly vulnerable as they are exposed to cyber space with limited understanding of cyber threats and safeguards. Children are in experimental age group. They like to experiment, learn new things and use new technologies. While experimenting is a good way to learn, it is equally important that proper guidance is provided to children so that they can protect themselves from adverse impact of cyber technology.”

Considering this issue, the Handbook was mainly designed for children above 13 years of age, but can also be used by younger students as well to understand the cyber world better and prepare themselves to be responsible and careful cyber citizens of future.

The Handbook provides an overview of various cyber threats that can impact children and discusses safeguards that can help in preventing the cybercrimes.

• The First and Second chapters provide an insight to children on why cybersecurity is a concern and what are the different types of cybercrimes that can impact us.

• The Third chapter talks about cyberbullying and how it can impact children. It further details out the key safeguards that may help children to protect themselves against cyberbullying and ways to deal with cyberbullying.

• The Fourth chapter covers cyber grooming and its impact on children. It also provides details about various safeguards that can be adopted by children to protect themselves from cyber grooming.

• The fifth chapter talks about cyber threats related to online gaming and safety tips that can help children in safeguarding themselves against such cyber threats. Emails are used commonly by cybercriminals.

• The sixth chapter provides an overview of how cybercriminals can trigger cybercrimes using emails and safety tips that may help children in using emails securely.

• In view of increasing cybercrimes related to financial frauds, chapter seven provides an overview to children on cyber threats related to online financial transactions and how to safeguard ourselves against such threats.

• The last chapter covers cyber threats related to social networking and how to safeguards against such threats.

To view the entire Official Handbook in detail, please view the file attached herein.

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