Essential Online Safety Awareness for Today's Generation

January 8, 2024

The internet is a very interesting place. You can do a multitude of things on this forum. From education to entertainment, animation to displaying your imagination, you learn on it, research for a project, watch movies, shop, create and connect with family and friends. The list of possibilities on the internet is an endless list. Especially with the current youth being highly curious human beings wanting to explore every corner of this spherical world, the internet has a huge impact on our today’s lifestyle.

This interest can help to innovate, discover and invent by using the latest technology to benefit the society at large. But this same curiosity can also lead to terminate, hide or destroy by viewing or utilising misleading websites that can contain pictures, videos, advertisements and a lot more inappropriate or negative content which has a long-lasting effect or cause dangerous situations. Our choice of actions on these various internet-based platforms can be a boon or a bane based on our online activity.

People all around the world today are easily lured into almost an addictive internet usage because the vast and easily usable interface makes the content on the internet highly engaging. For example, a person just wants to surf the internet on a device which has a connection but may end up on a scam or adult website due to random links. If personal information is being shared on these untrustworthy websites, it can lead to huge losses or abuse towards the person whose information is misused.

There has been a drastic increase in cyber-crimes in the recent times, especially after the times of quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the most common cyber-crimes are listed below:

1. Phishing – A form of ‘hacking’: (It is like fishing in a lake, but instead of trying to capture fish, phishers attempt to steal your personal information.)
2. Morphing (To edit an image and make changes using computer animation, highly used to blackmail someone for varied benefits.)
3. Cyber-grooming (Befriending and establishing an emotional connection with a minor over the internet to gain information, or under the objective of sexual abuse.)
4. Identity theft (An individual’s information is used without consent to impersonate them, for purposes like stealing money or other assets, with/without the intention to cause harm to the person.)
5. Cyber-bullying (Threatening, commenting or making fun of someone online in an intimidating nature.), etc.

We need to be very careful if such online crimes happen to us or anyone around us and seek professional help immediately, i.e., to contact the cyber-crime police or people with expertise on these topics. Parents should teach their children about these sensitive topics, supervise and guide their children about cyber activity & their different consequences. Us, as responsible youth must come together and unleash our potential by helping to create awareness about these cyber-crimes and how we must safeguard ourselves for a better and safer tomorrow with network-based technology which is the biggest need of the present generation.




By Sweedel Nisha D'Sa
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