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Thane police, NGO join hands to form cyber clubs in schools and colleges to tackle crime

Saturday, 5 April 2014 - 5:15am IST | Place: Thane (Maharashtra) | Agency: dna

Thane police, together with Ahaan foundation, will be forming cyber clubs in schools and colleges to help tackle issues of cybercrime. The decision came about at a meeting at Manthan hall on Ghodbunder Road on on April 3, between parents, teachers, school principals and city cops. At the meeting it was decided that parents, too, should keep a watch on the internet activities of their kids, to discourage them from visiting wrong sites.

The initiative was taken to discourage children from logging into wrong sites and encouraging them to use the internet for education purposes. "Many children fall prey for such things as the advertisements which are shown on the corner, keep such an image which provoke the students to click on it and thus they log in into porn site or any other which is very bad. Parents and teachers should encourage children more and more in to study material. The meeting which we had taken will surely help change their mindset of the children. We have not targeted on anyone it is just that we receive too many complaints about cyber crime so we are here to tell them about the do's and dont's", says a police officer from Thane nagar police station requesting anonymity.

Sonali Patankar trustee of the Ahaan foundation says, "we were in this project from last two years and during our research we found out that the children have more knowledge about the gadgets and other electronic devices compared to their parents so then we started taking session with children too. This year we along with the Thane police have come together to eradicate the problems that are faced by the children from school to college. We will also hold with two sessions for parents which will be basic and Cyber safety which will help them broaden their perspective towards internet and also will allow them to know about the safety and security from which they can safeguard their children. We will teach children in such a way that after they pass out from the school, we will hire them again to teach in the same school. As they will be from the school so it will easy for children to communicate with them and also children will be more open with their age group. Many a times children do not tell their problems to their parents and are more comfortable with their friends. We will have an annual report in which will see the children's progress and that will help us to concentrate on those children who are lacking behind, those who are tech savvy we will improve them in such a way that they will help others to stay away from cyber crime".

Additional Commissioner of Police,Thane, Dr .Ravindra Singhal says, "Children can keep their viewpoint which will have sound decision as the teacher and a person from the foundation will be there in school , to give them a brief. Children also fall prey, for them if they any kind of problem it can be sorted out. We will be in continuous touch with the school and colleges so that if they come up with any kind problem we will be there to help them out. Its a good initiative and will definitely help children to come with their problem and also will help their parents.

People will get more aware about the cyber crime and other things related to cyber. We will also go through the report periodically which help us to see the improvement among the children. Children normally do not tell anything to their parent and in this they hide many things from their parents and at times they go under depression which affects their studies and health too. The children will be trained and guide also against the cyber crime and so that they can help themselves. If a girl is harassed by a boy on any social networking site and which she might not tell to her parents as she is scared. But here the atmosphere will be created in such a way that they will feel comfortable to tell their problems as of now we have just come with first phase, there are altogether three phases which will go through".

Commissioner of Police, Vijay Kamble says, "It is parents who can make their children understand and also the teacher to avoid logging into any wrong site . Parents should create such an environment that the children be able to talk in more comfort manner and discuss their views and opinions about their problem".

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