Ananth Prabhu, professor, Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management told TOI, the objective of the course is to help citizens browse the internet responsibly, spread awareness on various cyber crimes and preventive measures to be adopted and to introduce people to the cyber laws. This is a free online course and Rohan Don Salins, research assistant has designed and developed the website.
The entire course is in simple English and intends to reach out to the people in rural areas. The programme comprises 30 modules in seven parts that include an introduction, 30 cybercrimes, five-minute video by Ananth Prabhu, infotoons in the animated format from the e-booklet ‘Cyber Safe Girl v3.0 Beti Bachao Cyber Crime Se’. These videos have been created by Cyber Jagruti Foundation. The course also includes relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, IT Act, POCSO and other relevant acts. It also has additional YouTube Videos. Preventive measures and remedies have been included.
Every module ends with a test comprising 10 questions and the user must score a minimum of six marks to unlock the next module. Tests can be retaken to improve performance. “Once the student has completed the test, there is also an option to pay Rs 99 and get an online certificate of course completion called ‘I am cyber safe certificate’. All the proceeds generated through this will be used for cyber-safe girl activities conducted in government schools, “said Prabhu. An average student can complete the programme in 10-15 days.
The course is available on https://www.cybersafegirl.com/ and according to Prabhu, the unique online course is a gift to people of India on his birthday. Meanwhile, as part of cybersecurity awareness month, the Information Security Education and Awareness (ISEA) has decided to release one infotoon from the CyberSafe Girl v3.0- Beti Bachao, Cyber Crime Se’ book every day.