The CyberPeace Foundation recently announced a partnership with Facebook-owned WhatsApp to create awareness on cyber safety among students and teachers. The association under the “e-Raksha” programme aims to reach 15,000 students in five regions in the first phase — Delhi, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra — by the end of this year.
CyberPeace Foundation will train teachers, parents and students using a co-created curriculum in consultation with UNICEF and state police authorities, and will arm them with ideas to increase online safety for children.
An official statement noted that at the end of these training sessions, the participants will create a ‘Cyber Peace Club’ to ensure that this knowledge is further institutionalised, and manage a repository of guidance that other students can refer to for boosting online child safety.
“As students spend more time online, they become more vulnerable to cyber threats such as cyberbullying, stumbling across child abuse material, cybercriminals disrupting online classes, the spread of misinformation, privacy issues and more,” said Vineet Kumar, Founder and President, CyberPeace Foundation.
“Given the widespread popularity of WhatsApp, we are confident that the initiative will entail in creating sustainable cyber aware school students and bolster the educational system in India against cyberattacks,” Kumar added.
The curriculum will focus on developmental skills, and offer consultations with education boards and governments at the state and national level.
“WhatsApp stays committed to the safety and privacy of our users. In addition to providing end-to-end encryption that already protects the messages on WhatsApp every day; we continue to work closely with child safety experts, governments, and technology companies to help keep people safe. This partnership underscores the critical need for cyber safety through digital literacy and we are delighted to be a part of this initiative,” assured Shivnath Thukral, Director Public Policy, WhatsApp India.