In order to create awareness on cyber safety among students, WhatsApp Inc.(WhatsApp) and CyberPeace Foundation have entered into a partnership. The partnership targets to reach about 15,000 students in 5 Indian states namely, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Maharashtra by the end of 2020 under the first phase of a pan-India programme.
- This initiative is built on a previous partnership under the ‘e-Raksha’ programme, which has reached many students.
Points to be Noted
To enhance online safety for children, CyberPeace Foundation in consultation with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and state police authorities will provide training to teachers, parents and students by using a curriculum co-created by Whatsapp and CyberPeace Foundation.
Establish ‘CyberPeace Club’
The participants, at the end of these training sessions will establish a ‘CyberPeace Club’ to create a ‘repository’ of guidance that other students can refer to increase online child safety.
The curriculum focuses on developmental skills and provides consultations with education boards, and governments at the state and national level.
The initiative, apart from creating awareness on cyber safety, is expected to improve the education system in India against cyberattacks.
i.The educational partnership is part of WhatsApp’s multi-year campaign on safety, which focuses on digital literacy and creating awareness.
ii.In an effort to protect and promote child rights, Whatsapp intends to engage with key organisations like National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) , UNICEF and Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD)
Recent Related News:
i.Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank released three handbooks through video conferencing in New Delhi. The 3 handbooks were prepared by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on measures taken by the Board to adopt value-based global standards of education.
- Cyber safety handbook is for Students of Secondary & Senior Secondary Schools.
- In Pursuit of Excellence- A Handbook for Principals: It is for the principals of schools to be made aware of the Board’s systems and other useful information.
- 21st Century Skills- A Handbook: It deals everyone to make aware of 21st century skills and motivate them to use them in their daily life.
About WhatsApp Inc.
WhatsApp joined Facebook in 2014
HeadQuarters– California, United States of America
Founder– Jan Koum and Brian Acton
Head– Will Cathart
About CyberPeace Foundation
HeadQuarters- New Delhi, India
President– Capt. Vineet Kumar