Hello, are you responsible #NETIZEN?

Internet being an ocean supports many applications and services including social media, electronic mail, mobile applications, multiplayer online games, Internet telephony, file sharing, and streaming media services. The technology had remarkable impact and transformed our lives in the past decades including children. Our children have access to different electronic gadgets that make them highly susceptible to the cyber threats and insecurities including cyber bullying, cyber grooming, online gaming, e-mail fraud, online transaction fraud among others. Awareness and sensitization is the first step towards personal and social safety and creating a safe cyber space’s for them in the ecosystem.

The dictionary defines #NETIZEN as ‘’an active participant in the online community of the Internet[1]”.  This is rather true, but participation is associated with responsibilities. Learn about it below:

A responsible #NETIZEN is a citizen who:

N: Never share password

E: Ensure to accept request from trusted sources

T: Think before sharing, validate the content is safe and non-abusive

I: Inform your parents/guardian about adversities

Z: Zero down, your previous mistake

E: Enjoy internet, but not at anyone’s cost

N: Never download/ upload any content without authorized consent

Understand that whatever you are told on-line may or may not be true‼

Declaration: This is the original written version of Dr Sanchika Gupta, Consultant – Public Health, New Delhi, India. For any queries, please contact at: [email protected]

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/netizen

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