Cybersecurity division of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and AYUDH Join Forces to Launch “Safe & Brave Online” Initiative in Delhi Schools

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New Delhi, 20th September 2023 – Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, ranked among the Top 10 universities in India in the NIRF 2023 rankings, along with AYUDH, the youth wing of Mata Amritanandamayi Math, has launched “Safe & Brave Online” initiative for schools across the schools of Delhi. The launch was officially done online by Sh. Himanshu Gupta (IAS), Director of Education GNCTD. This innovative program was developed with an aim of empowering students with essential knowledge and skills to navigate the online world safely and responsibly.

Specifically curated for students in grades 8 through 11, the program employs a combination of engaging videos and interactive activities to impart fundamental principles of online safety. The curriculum covers a diverse range of cyber concerns, focusing on three key areas including Stranger Danger, Equipping students with the tools to identify and respond to the presence of strangers online; Safe Use of Internet, Providing guidance on safeguarding personal privacy, discerning fake sites from real ones, and verifying the authenticity of shared news; Digital Lifestyle, Encouraging a healthy digital diet and fostering an understanding of the physical and mental effects of screen usage.

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Speaking about the program, Dr. Krishnashree Achuthan, Director, Cyber Security, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri “Children can be vulnerable targets of cyberbullying, cybercrime, and exposure to inappropriate digital content. It is of paramount importance to equip children with the knowledge and skills to safeguard their private information. Through this program, we aim to empower children to navigate the digital world with wisdom, enhancing their comprehension of the medium while also promoting respect for others on the platform.”

Said, Shri Himanshu Gupta (IAS), Director of Education, Department of Education, Government of NCT of Delhi, “The need of the hour is to raise awareness among students regarding responsible usage of digital technology and understanding the challenges brought about by the ongoing digital revolution in the country. It is crucial to educate children about various online threats such as cyber phishing, bullying, hacking, fake links, rumors, and the growing issue of digital addiction, as well as provide them with strategies to navigate these challenges effectively. Striking a balance between technology and physical activities in children’s lives is essential. This program represents a significant initiative in making students aware of the adverse effects of technology and promoting a balanced approach to the use of digital tools.”

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Mokshamrita Chaitanya, National Coordinator of AYUDH India said “This initiative holds significant potential in fostering digital discipline and enhancing online safety among students. The importance of online connectivity was vividly demonstrated during the Covid-19 pandemic. Without reliable internet access, students would have been unable to continue their education from home. However, it is crucial to acknowledge that the internet has both positive and negative aspects, and we must actively address the negative aspects to safeguard our children from harm. We are extremely thankful to Shri. Himanshu Gupta for his continued trust in us and for facilitating the launch of this campaign.” 

In addition to the video-based material, the program includes debates and worksheet activities that encourage critical thinking and self-assessment of online content. The “Safe & Brave Online” initiative has already seen remarkable success with its pilot launch last month in the Sahodaya group of CBSE schools in Jaipur. The positive response underscores the pressing need for comprehensive online safety education in today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape.

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