Google is reportedly discussing with a few states in India to make Internet safety as part of the syllabus for schools. The global tech giant has been working with the Goa government to educate school students on ways to be safe while using the internet. Google India Director Trust and Safety Sunita Mohanty told PTI, “We are trying to get into the curriculum. Goa was one, we are trying to work with many more governments and central boards to make sure this becomes a part of a regular discussion. There are 4-5 states (that are part of the discussion).” The name of the states where the program is being planned on was not yet disclosed by Google. In Goa, 460 teachers were trained by the company and they will reportedly reach out to 80 thousand students.
Google, other than introducing the program among school students, is also planning to include women and consumers in the education program to raise awareness about the importance of staying safe while using the internet. Many other tech major companies have reportedly been working on spreading the idea to secure the web experience. February 7 was also celebrated as Safer Internet Day with an aim to propagate this idea.
A Microsoft survey conducted across 14 countries through its Digital Civility Index (DCI), suggested that 63 percent of Indian respondents have been exposed to an online risk as reported by them, and the risk was exponentially high in the past month itself. Interestingly, women were more security aware when it comes to privacy controls. The report is a demonstration of the need for education about cyber security and real-world consequences among youngsters, educators and policymakers alike. Microsoft India Associate General Counsel Madhu Khatri had said, “Microsoft is using the Index to amplify awareness and demonstrate the need to further educate young adults, parents, educators, and policymakers about the real-world consequences of negative online interactions, which can have serious consequences.”
These moves by tech giants will hopefully reduce internet issues like cyberbullying, trolling or online harassment, or at least provide a better way to deal with them.
(with PTI inputs)