Cyber crime awareness campaign begins in Gurgaon

A five-day cyber-safe campaign was officially kickstarted by Gurgaon police, with an inaugural session at CCA School in Sector 4, Gurgaon, on Monday.

Twelve schools under the Gurgaon Progressive Schools Council (GPSC) have been roped in for the first phase of the campaign that aims at sensitising students about threats of cyber crimes.

More than 20,000 students will participate in the awareness campaign. Some of the schools that will be covered in the first phase are DPS Sushant Lok, DPS Sector-45, DAV School, Summer Fields, St PBN, Rotary Public School.

Rakshit Tandon, cyber security expert and consultant, Internet and Mobile Association of India (IMAI) and the the speaker of the campaign said, "Many people have become victims of Internet bullying and defamation. Many students I met complained of fake profiles being created on social networking sites and photographs being misused, sometimes on pornographic sites. It is important to make them aware of safe Internet practices and security measures that can be taken so that their personal information is secure."

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) Report of 2011 noted 1791 cases of cyber crime. Of 1630 people arrested for such crimes, 883 were college students and 41 were school children.

Tandon said most of those arrested did not even know they had committed a crime. He added that making obscene comments and hacking can get people into serious trouble. Under the IT Act, the imprisonment for such acts can go up to three years.

Gurgaon Police Commissioner, who has been at the helm of the campaign, said, "The purpose of the campaign is to educate school children about basic 'net-etiquettes'. Children should know what they are getting into when they share information on the internet and measures should be taken to prevent them from crimes such as cyber stalking and harassment."

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