Given the rise in cybercrime in the state, Himachal Police has sent a letter to the education department requesting that schools include digital citizenship and cybersecurity in their curricula. According to information obtained from the police department, the increased use of mobile and digital payments has led to an increase in cybercrime, and the number of complaints registered on such issues has increased from 923 in 2017 to 2021. It increased to 6207 cases.
Including chapters on cyber safety and digital citizenship in school curricula will increase awareness of cybercrime and help younger generations stay safe in the digital world, a letter to the Chief Secretary (Education) said. says.
Today’s school children start using computers and mobile phones from an early age, making it imperative to be sensitive about cybercrime. It features a technology that changes to , police officials said.
Although police regularly conduct awareness campaigns in schools and colleges to assess students for such crimes, fighting cybercrime remains difficult and prevention is better than cure, so campaigns are essential, they said.
Common cybercrimes include phishing scams, identity theft, online harassment, cyberstalking, invasion of privacy, debit/credit card fraud, ATM fraud, pornography, and cybercrime against women and children. have increased significantly, they said. Rohit Malpani, of the Metropolitan Police Department (cybercrime), said that 10-15% of his cyber complaints directly or indirectly involve children, and that number is down to 30% of his complaints on social media. He said it would be more.
A proposal was sent to the education sector to introduce a chapter on digital citizenship and cybersecurity in school curricula. The letter requesting the introduction of these chapters into the school curriculum of all schools affiliated with the Himachal Pradesh Board of Secondary Education also states that CBSE and ICSE have already taken steps in this regard.