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How to Safeguard and Secure the Virtual Space

Today, we live in the world of internet where thousands of kilometres are bridged by just a click. The online world has bestowed upon us a magical power to connect, communicate and empathize with each other. But in this fairyland lie masked devils, who breed upon naïve young women.

With the increased rate of cybercrime jeopardizing many young women’s lives, it is the minute to midnight where we ought to pay heed to safeguard and secure the virtual space.

Even though users are provided with such kinds of securing options the main problem lies in the lack of awareness about such serious issues among today’s youth.

Search Engines like Google have reached a commendable stature in securing their homegrown as well as linked apps and websites. Even though users are provided with such kinds of securing options the main problem lies in the lack of awareness about such serious issues among today’s youth.

Internet safety for women, India and Google efforts

Internet safety for women and workshops for colleges

Sites like “Blue Whale” are a source of committing heinous crimes by playing with tender minds. Also, a women’s modesty is outraged severely by exploiting her privacy in the worst possible ways. Cyberstalking, cyberbullying, trolling, outraging one’s privacy, blackmail and threatening, hacking these are serious problems a woman is subjected to. Such kind of manipulative acts drives them into an unhinged state of mind.

I think conducting forums on this issue, generating curiosity among young girls, interactive sessions with parents or guardians and women pursuing careers in cybersecurity will help us in eradicating this problem from the roots.
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Digital Trust Dialogues by SheThePeople and Google

I have penned down this poem to throw light on the subject of women’s safety.

A woman an epitome of infinite strength;
In her morale you can’t make a dent;
She reaches the zenith carrying life in her womb;
Don’t scar her identity don’t dig her tomb;
Don’t make her fear her own existence;
Don’t make her suffer in a pricky fence;
Let her be, let her learn, let her be the source of light;
Let her see, see the real world, don’t block her sight;
She is a mother, a sister, not a bird that you can pet;
She is a free human with an independent will, she is not ensnared by a net…..

Akshata Mahesh Shenai is a student of SNDT university, Usha Mittal Institue of Technology, Mumbai and this effort is a part of Google India and SheThePeople initiative Digital Trust Dialogues across colleges in India.

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