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Schools to sensitise kids on cyber crime

india Updated: Sep 19, 2012 01:45 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times
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In the wake of rising cyber crimes, prominent schools in the city are planning to organise awareness programmes for students and parents in order to sensitise them.

Peeya Sharma, headmistress of Ryan International School, said, “We will organise a workshop for parents of Class 5 and 6 students to make them aware of cyber crimes. These crimes not only spoil a person's life but also can impede his or her career. We would invite experts to brief students and parents about consequences of indulging in cyber crimes.”

Inspector Suresh Singh of Gurgaon Cyber Crime Cell said, “Some schools have shown interest to organise awareness programmes on identity theft. I will arrange experts for them after discussing with my seniors.”

Sudha Goyal, principal, Scottish International School, said, “The loss incurred through cyber crimes is irreversible as it may even cost a person's life. Thus awareness among teenagers is the best remedy to prevent them from such offences.”

When asked about her plans on spreading awareness among her students, she said, “We will be conducting programmes on the importance of concealing one's identity, passwords or other personal details to the strangers on the web. We also want to conduct awareness programmes for parents to help them monitor and guide their wards at home.”

Roopa Bhalla, principal of Ajanta Public School, said, “After reading the report on identity theft we want to make children aware of the grossness and unethical complications that follow. These are punishable offences and should not be considered as child's play.”

Meanwhile, psychologists also welcomed the schools’ move to launch awareness programmes for students.

Dr Brahmdeep Sindhu, senior psychiatrist at the Gurgaon Civil Hospital, said, “There are multiple reasons why the youth is indulging in cyber crime. Ten years ago very few were IT savvy and when one wanted to defame someone it took few months to spread the news through word of mouth but these days just a click away on networking sites.”

Dr. Kaplana Gupta Shekhawat said, “The students who are into such activities

are from broken families and are loners and hardly carry emotions. Since parents hardly spend time with them, they can be seen surfing net most of the time. They also act mischievously or commit serious cyber crimes with little knowledge of the outcome or the punishment.”