Bhubaneswar: The role of parents is very important to protect their children while using the internet and not only parents but to prevent children and women from committing such crimes, massive awareness is needed, said the experts at the “State Level Workshop on Online Safety” organized by the Peoples Cultural Center (PECUC), a prominent voluntary organization in Odisha, with the State Commissioner of Odisha for Protection of the Rights of the Child (OSCPCR), in collaboration with Föräldralösa Barn at Rotary Bhawan, Bhubaneswar. As the main guest, Ms. Sandhyabati Pradhan, President of OSCPCR, said that we should all work together to create a safe environment for children. The cybersecurity of children is of the utmost importance, she said. OSCPCR member Ms. Dibya Saswati briefed on the commission’s 40-day campaign for children’s rights and, through this campaign, massive children’s rights awareness will be created among the masses. . Ms. Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director of PECUC delivered the welcome speech and shared the purpose of this workshop and she also discussed the importance of cybersecurity for children. Children are more exposed to online threats due to the increase in children’s online activities during this pandemic situation.
Ms Ruby Rout, National Director of Adoptioncentrum, said parents should give their children time and discuss internet / cybersecurity with them. Mr. Dibakar Das, Cyber Expert, said that children and women are the main target of cybercrime. Cyber security and awareness are needed to prevent it. It is the duty of parents to supervise the online activities of their children. He also gave the same information on using programs like ‘Family Link’ to track their children’s online activities. An open house was also organized in this workshop. More than 70 participants, including representatives of DCPO and CDPO from different districts of Odisha, teachers, PRI, members of SHG groups joined this workshop. Alpana Das, Mr. Jyotishanka Mohanty, Upama Mohanty, Priyadarshini Swain from PECUC facilitated the program.