Cyber Safety First! : Ms. Jaya S. Prakash


BY: Ms Jaya S. Prakash

Ms Jaya S. Prakash is an  Electronics Engineer by profession -She has worked in the field of electronics and software for a few years when she decided to take up teaching as a profession. Presently, she is heading the Computer Studies department at PIC and looks after not only the curriculum and content, but also the implementation of various other projects such as Cyber Safety programs, 3D Printing training, and other similar technology projects.

Here is an insight into her article

The world has indeed shrunk into our palms or even fingertips. With the advent of technology and rapid digitalization has changed the way we live, the way we work and the way we think. What it has also done is that it has exposed, the otherwise safe in their abodes, people to crimes that were unimaginable not very long ago. 

According to a Business Standard report, in February 2021—nearly one year from the start of the pandemic—there were 377.5 million cyber safety & security (a type of cyber attack that hacks passwords)—a far cry from the 93.1 million witnessed at the beginning of 2020. 

“In a year of lockdowns and restrictions, cybercriminals have not been deterred. More Indian adults fell victim to identity theft in the past 12 months and most are concerned about data privacy,” said Ritesh Chopra, Director Sales and Field Marketing, India and SAARC Countries, NortonLifeLock, a consumer security company. If these are the statistics for adults, it is not likely to be encouraging for children. 

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It is, thus, imperative for children to become aware and conscious of the actions that they take while on the world wide web. 
Much before the onset of the pandemic, in the year 2018, the Podar group of schools started conducting cyber safety and digital citizenship sessions for students, teachers, and parents with the aim of making every member of the Podar family a safe and responsible digital citizen.

These sessions started as facilitator led sessions and continued as online, self-learning cyber safety modules during the pandemic.  Elements of digital citizenship are incorporated into the curriculum – through teaching and learning as also through regular assessments.

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