Online Child Protection Seminar Held at Panaji
A first of its kind seminar on online child protection was held in Panjim, Goa at the Multipurpose Hall, Patto on 10th January 2020. The seminar was a joint initiative of Ahaan Foundation and Cyber Peace Foundation, supported by Human Touch Foundation.
Delivering the keynote address, Capt Vineet Kumar, Founder of Cyber Peace Foundation (CPF), spoke on the landscape of cyber-crimes against children. He explained the impact of technology on adults and children, briefing the participants about the trend of crimes across the country. He explained various terms such as data tampering, spoofing, phishing, hacking, UPI and VOIP. Through presentation and case studies, he discussed the heinous crimes related to cyberspace. He said that CPF is creating volunteers, ambassadors and also setting up clubs in the schools to promote responsible online behaviour and cyber ethics.
Further, Sonali Patankar, Founder of Responsible Netism, spoke at length on the internet addictions, online distress and psychological impacts on children. She discussed various issues such as identity theft, stalking, cyber bullying, inadequate prevailing knowledge regarding crimes occurring in cyberspace and addiction to pornography. She further proposed long term interventions in the state of Goa, in educational institutions in partnership with Human Touch Foundation to combat the lack of knowledge regarding the crimes occurring in cyberspace.
Unmesh Joshi, Director Projects, Ahaan Foundation, Co-founder Responsible Netism, spoke on impacts of cyber-crimes against children, connecting it to the Information Technology Act, Juvenile Justice Act, and POCSO Act and many other internet security issues.
‘Awareness regarding online safety is limited among victims as well as caregivers and service providers in Goa. The lack of digital literacy and online safety measures expose these children to new forms of abusive threats,’ said Peter F Borges, Founder of Human Touch Foundation.
PSI Devendra Pingle also spoke about the various initiatives and efforts by the Cyber Cell of Goa Police and the reporting mechanisms for cyber-crimes in Goa.
The seminar created awareness and alarm for the audience regarding the need to exercise caution while using technology. A total of 180 participants of the seminar included school principals, college professors, educationists, counsellors, mental health professionals, non-profits associated with children, law enforcement officials and child welfare committees.
Basavaraj Katti, Program Associate at Human Touch Foundation, anchored the programme and Manjula Nair of Responsible Netism proposed the vote of thanks. The seminar was supported by WNS Care Foundation, Buoyancy Consultants and the Directorate of Art and Culture.