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Internet safety pledge

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Increasing cyber-crime among teenagers pose the biggest threat to India. In July 2015 alone, Kerala witnessed the arrest of seven teenagers and four suicides, due to irresponsible use of social media. Technology or punishments cannot stop this.Self-control and responsible use of Internet are the only solutions to curb this national malady.

To create an awareness among students, the birth anniversary of our beloved leader and former President Dr. APJ Kalam is celebrated as "Cyber Sureksha Day" in schools across Kerala. In line with this, 300,000 students from 15,000 schools across the state conducted "Internet Safety Pledge" on 15 October 2015.

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Internet safety pledge

  1. 1. | |GYAN VitaranamNovember 15 - December 14, 2015 7 INSPIRATION | K. Caroline Paul | T he student community of southern Indian state of Kerala commemorated late President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in a unique way. On his birthday (October 15), three million students, from 15,000 schools in the state took Cyber Suraksha Pledge during their morning assembly, where they vowed to be good citizens of the country and only use the In- ternet to bring glory to them- selves, their family, society, state, nation and the world. Instrumental in formulat- ing the event and making it a grand success was Sujai G. Pil- lai, founder of 2tion.com, “One Library Per Village” and also MyGov Ambassador (one among 20 members in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s MyGov Team). On paying tribute to late Dr. Abdul Kalam in this unique way, Sujai says, “I understand it was a habit of the late President to encourage students to recite pledges. Keeping this in mind, and also considering the rising rates of cyber-crime in Kerala, I came up with the idea of an ‘Internet Safety Pledge’, which will be recited by children across the state during or after their morn- ing assembly. I believe reciting something aloud helps the child understand it better and also leaves an imprint in the children’s minds.” “My hope is that Internet Safety Pledge may contribute, in however a small way, in making our Online society safe and se- cure. As today’s children will be the citizens of tomorrow, I feel it is important for our educational institutions to partake in this event, to help mould the minds of our children in the right way,” added Sujai. In his unique endeavour, Sujai had the backing of like-mind- ed individuals and organizations. Prominent among his support- ers is Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala, who echoed Studentstake Cyber Suraksha Pledge onKalam’sbirthday
  2. 2. | |GYAN Vitaranam November 15 - December 14, 20158 Sujai’s thoughts on internet safety. Excerpts from the Chief Minister’s letter read: ‘The ‘In- ternet safety pledge’ organized by ‘One Library Per Village’ is a laudable one. The world has advanced through the medium of Internet. People from differ- ent walks of life are enjoying its benefits. But, these days, we are also confronted with an increase in malicious activities in the use of Internet that are being unleashed by individu- als who do not care about the outcomes of such acts.’ “Increasing cybercrime among teenagers pose the big- gest threat to ‘Digital India’. In July 2015 alone, Kerala wit- nessed the arrest of seven teen- agers and four suicides, due to irresponsible use of social me- dia. Self-control and responsi- ble use of Internet are the only solutions to curb this national malady. Our education insti- tutes should help mould the mindsets of the students and motivate them to become re- sponsible online citizens. For this purpose, we should pro- vide continuous support and conducting the Cyber Surak- sha Pledge in schools was the first step in that direction. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to our Honorable Chief Minis- ter Mr. Oommen Chandy, who appreciated our efforts and in- spired us to go the extra mile,” commented Sujai. Rev. Dr. Abraham Mu- lamoottil, Chairman, Peace- peopleplanet.org - Innovate our Space, wrote his apprecia- tionfortheinitiativeasfollows: ‘Sujai has shown remarkably commendable social aware- ness and excellent resourceful- ness to protect the impression- able and vulnerable children of our country from the lurk- ing dangers on the World Wide Web. It is initiatives like these, which will take the country forward towards a more just and equitable way of life. Keep up the good work and looking forward to hear about new so- cial upliftment movements, to make India a safe country for the youth to look forward to, as we integrate with an increas- ingly interconnected world.’ Part of ‘Digital Kerala Week’, which was inaugurat- ed by Mr. Oommen Chandy, Cyber Suraksha Pledge was jointly organized by IT@ School, Kerala IT Mission and NGOs ‘One Library Per Vil- lage’ and Kesari Foundation. Held in line with a circular is- sued by Kerala Department of General Education, the partic- ipating schools complement- ed the Pledge by conducting seminars and special classes that highlighted Dr. Kalam’s substantial contribution to the nation and his messages to students. ‘Digital Kerala Week’ is a celebration of the state’s achievement in becoming the first digitized state in the coun- try. Aimed at accelerating the transition towards a ‘digitally empowered’ Kerala, the event seeks to create awareness about the potential of digital technologies and ensure public involvement in building a digi- tally strong Kerala. The event is considered as a step towards achieving late President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s dream - Vision 2020. u

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