MHA writes to Defence, Railways min to circulate cyber safety booklet in their schools
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MHA writes to Defence, Railways min to circulate cyber safety booklet in their schools

New Delhi, Dec 5: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has recently written to the Defence and Railways Ministries to circulate a handbook on cyber safety to all schools and education centres under their domain, a senior Home Ministry official said here on Wednesday.

The Home Ministry has already tied up with Ministry of Human Resource Development to get this handbook circulated to all schools in the country.

The cyber security division under MHA has published the booklet for teens on safety measures against cyber bullying.

The booklet, prepared in consultation with cyber security experts, was uploaded on the home ministry website on Monday.

“Children are highly vulnerable as they are exposed to cyberspace with limited understanding of cyber threats and safeguards. Children are in an experimental age group. They like to experiment, learn new things and use new technologies. While experimenting is a good way to learn, it is equally important that proper guidance is provided to them so that they can protect themselves from adverse impact of cyber technology,” the booklet says in its introductory pages.

The booklet focuses on five key cyber threats faced by the young netizens. These are cyber bullying, cyber grooming, online gaming, email fraud, online transaction fraud and ways to safeguard social networking profiles.

Cyber bullying is defined as deliberately harassing someone with rude, mean and hurtful messages while cyber grooming involves building an emotional bond with children through social media with the intention of gaining their trust for sexual exploitation.

The handbook also suggests the precautions to be taken while playing online games or doing online transactions to prevent online frauds.

The cyber security division in the Ministry has launched a portal ‘cybercribe.gov.in’ for online registration of cyber cases.

“In the past two months, 1,400 complaints have been registered since the launch of this portal and 19 FIRs have been registered so far,’' a senior Home Ministry official told UNI.

According to the computer emergency response team, 53,000 cases of cyber crime were reported in 2017. (UNI)