A group of four students from Seth M.R. Jaipuria School attended a WPL-UNICEF CONFERENCE on the 3rd of November, 2018 that aimed at sharing insights about the cyber bullying of women. It vividly dealt with engagement with stakeholders to raise awareness about the prevalence, extent and forms of gender based online bullying. The conference included four panel discussions which enabled us to understand different perception of the problems and explore approaches to prevent and respond effectively to such online abuse against women.
Ms. Anju Gupta, ADG WPL of UP Police, in the presence of the UP DGP OP SINGH and Justice Vikram Nath, Senior Judge of Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court as the chief guest , explained that the first and the most important step in dealing with any cyber bully is to report to the authorities. Ms. Gupta presented a status report of the statistics and data of the cases recorded over a few years.
The conference was attended by lawyers, police officials, representatives of social media giants, students and civil society members- all stakeholders concerned with cyber bullying.
There were four panel sessions,dealing with manifestations and status of cyber bullying, technology platforms, legal provisions for cyber bullying and Digital Literacy respectively. The need for a mass movement to make people aware of basic dos and don’ts while using social media platforms was specified.
The representatives from Google, Facebook and Instagram also highlighted how they take all complaints seriously and try to address them within a set period of time.
There were question-answer sessions at the end of each panel session where our queries were answered. On the questions asked by a student of Seth M.R. Jaipuria School to the panellists was well appreciated. The questions ranged from, ‘whether we are using technology or vice-versa’ , what precautions we should adopt to use internet on daily basis. How Google and Facebook include certain measures to control fake ID users so that teens are protected from its extended negative effects.’
A remarkable and fruitful experience for all of the students.