‘Growing digital platforms result in rise in cyber crimes, schools must stay alert’

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Jammu: With the growing adoption of digital platforms, rate of digital crimes is also increasing rapidly and alertness is the only key to fight against the menace.
Speakers at an awareness campaign alerted students and teachers of schools across the Jammu dvision of the Union Territory during a programme launched by the Directorate of Jammu School Education.
Nearly 10,000 stakeholders were sensitized during the campaign.
The Ministry of Home Affairs implemented a scheme called the ‘Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) to deal with cybercrimes in a coordinated and comprehensive manner.
I4C is also actively involved in developing an ecosystem for cyber security, capacity building, public awareness, etc. so as to create a conducive climate for trust-based transactions and prevention of cybercrimes. This campaign was carried out as per guidelines of I4C.
A handout issued by the Directorate of Jammu School Education here on Saturday said that with a view to strengthen cyber security for prevention of cybercrimes and to tackle the unforeseen challenges of cybercrime by synergizing the efforts of various stakeholders in a sustainable manner, the fortnightly mega cyber safety campaign was organised.
Director, School Education Jammu, Ravi Shankar Sharma laid emphasis on such awareness programmes on cyber security asserting that since Internet is widely being used by people, it is necessary to spread awareness among users for safe and secure use of these platforms/services accessible through internet.
The Counselling Cell of the Directorate conducted a series of webinars on Cyber Awareness by National Experts/Resource Person.
Besides, Counselling cell’s weekly programme “Aao Baat Karein” will regularly monitor against any breach.
A number of activities like debates, slogan writing, elocution, poster-making, audio lectures, video lectures, skits etc. on cybercrimes were organised by different schools at their level by involving students.
Moreover, faculty counsellors, teachers and students also participated in the quiz programme by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology Government of India on Cyber Hygiene Practices and certified as Cyber Hygiene Practitioner.