In this new age, to curb the cyber security and make internet a safe place for women, Nagpur Police had organised a workshop on January 3, at Patrakar Club, Civil Lines. In the workshop, ‘Cyber Safe Women’ dignitaries from different fields were invited to discuss their knowledge on, how can a woman be safe and what measures should be taken to stay secured while being online.
Commissioner of Police, Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay was invited as the chief guest along with, Surendra Jichkar and Ravindra Thakre, District Officer. Shweta Khedekar, Head of Cyber Cell and Deputy Commissioner of Police along with, Sarita Kaushik, Senior Journalist, Advocate Smita Singalkar and Anjali Vitankar with Rakesh Makhija, Cyber Expert were invited as the speakers for the workshop.
Since the time people started uploading their photos online, the cases of cyber crime has raised in a large number. New apps which are trending like Snapchat, Tiktok, and Instagram are purely based on photos and videos of a person. These apps are unsafe when viewed from a perspective of cyber security, as one can easily grab a screen shot or a screen video and can misuse it for other means or said Makhija. He also suggested to not to put photos of kids online, whether the kid is accompanied with an adult or not, do not include a kid in your photos and if the kid is present try to hide the face by putting an emoji or scratching out the face from the photo using a colour.
Kaushik while interacting with her fellow attendees said, “It’s not just about the security of women, even men are being bullied online and are targeted by spammers. But what I have personally noticed is that men are abused over their opinions and likings but women are openly body shamed, abused over wearing short skirts or not wearing cultural dresses. This cannot be in control, but what we can to do is cut shot the list of people you add on your social media accounts and filter out those who seem much abusive”.
The workshop had a huge response and a number of women audience attended the seminar.