Cybercrime against women and children is a serious problem in today’s digital world. Here are some steps that can be taken to prevent cybercrime against women and children:
- Educate yourself and your children: Educate yourself and your children about safe online behavior, the risks of cybercrime, and how to protect themselves from online predators.
- Keep personal information private: Do not share personal information such as your name, address, phone number, or passwords online. This information can be used by cybercriminals to steal your identity or commit other crimes.
- Use privacy settings: Use privacy settings on social media and other online platforms to control who can see your information and posts.
- Be careful with emails and attachments: Do not open emails or attachments from unknown senders as they may contain malware or viruses.
- Install antivirus software: Install and regularly update antivirus software on your devices to protect against malware and viruses.
- Report cybercrime: Report any incidents of cybercrime to the police or other relevant authorities as soon as possible.
- Monitor children’s online activity: Monitor your children’s online activity and keep an eye on who they are interacting with online.
- Encourage open communication: Encourage open communication with your children and create a safe space for them to discuss any concerns or issues they may have regarding their online activity.
By following these steps and being aware of the risks of cybercrime, women and children can protect themselves and reduce the risk of becoming victims of cybercrime.
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Ministry of Home Affairs had constituted an Expert Group comprising of the official/academicians from NSCS, Ministry of Home Affairs, CDAC Cert-In, Indian Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Science and IT experts to study the gaps and challenges, prepare a roadmap for effectively taking of Cyber Crime in the country and give suitable recommendations to take effective measures to prevent crime against women and children and create awareness in the society about these issues.Accordingly, a scheme for Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children (CCWC) has been formulated by the Ministry of Home Affairs.The proposed scheme was examined by NCW.
Some of the inputs put forth by the Commission were as below:
- Online Women specific Crime Reporting Unit -Interlink with NCW should be made in such a manner that if a woman wants to make a complaint about cybercrime to NCW, it should be sent to MHA Crime Reporting Unit with acknowledgement to NCW and a copy to the complainant. It will encourage quick disposal of the complaints that too with the assistance of the IT professionals
- Monitoring Unit for Cyber Crimes-Monitoring unit should provide monthly reports on the complaints received through NCW
- National Forensic Laboratory-Investigations of crime against women are delayed due to pending reports from forensic laboratories so NCW agreed to it.
- Capacity Building-It should include capacity building of protection officers appointed under Domestic Violence Act, 2005.
The suggested recommendations were sent to the ministry of Women and Child development for further necessary action.
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