In 2007, 16-year-old Mumbai student Adnan Patrawala was kidnapped by friends he made on social networking site Orkut.com. His kidnappers asked for a ransom of Rs 2 crore. When the kidnappers (all youngsters themselves) heard on TV that the police were looking for them, they murdered Adnan.
This horrifying case highlights the hidden dangers of the Internet.
The Internet is a world full of information, friends, fun, education and sports.
It is also a world full of drug dealers, porn freaks, cyber stalkers, psychopaths, kidnappers, cyber bullies and even recipes to make bombs!
There are several threats that children face online. One of these is cyber bullying, which can lead to depression, substance abuse and even suicide!
Another threat is from online buddies who can turn out to be psychopaths, kidnappers or even child molesters!
Often children inadvertently give away vital details like their parents' incomes, their address, even credit card information! This information can then be misused by criminals to make illegal purchases and run up huge bills.
Children and parents must become CyberSmart.
A CyberSmart person is someone who:
- understands the cyber threats facing him, his family and his world
- knows how to protect himself and his family from these threats
- knows how to efficiently and effectively use cyber technology
To enable this, Asian School of Cyber Laws (a world leader in cyber law and cyber crime investigation) and Data64 Techno Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (incubated by Science & Technology Park, a STEP promoted by Department of Science & Technology, Government of India) have partnered to bring you the following programs:
1. CyberSmart WhizKids (for children below 13 years)
2. CyberSmart Teens (for children of 13 years and above)
3. CyberSmart Parents (for adults)
For details, visit: www.CyberSmartWorld.com