Kochi: At a time when there is concern that teenagers are getting hooked to online surfing and it is on the rise, the Kerala Police has devised a programme under which as many as 20,000 students from 3,000 schools will be trained about the dangers of cyberspace and the safe practices to be followed. “The threat of cyber space has taken on new dimensions. For instance there is a trend of children sharing private photos on social media platforms, especially lovers. However, they do not realise that once uploaded on digital media, the materials are public. There are even cases when children got into the drug trade through internet communications. Hence we want to create awareness among the future generations about the dangers,” said Manoj Abraham, Inspector General, Thiruvananth- apuram Range.
The aim is to teach students about the safe use of the internet – social media dangers, responsible games, password protection and online shopping among others. Training has begun under the Kids Glow programme and the aim is to cover 3,000 schools. Selected teachers will be given training, including by international experts, as part of a continuous programme, the officer said. He was speaking on the sidelines of c0c0n X-2017, a two-day hacking and cyber-security meet organised by the Kerala Police. An initiative has been taken up by the government for digital connectivity of schools, covering almost all government schools.