‘We Think Digital: A workshop on Digital Literacy and Online Safety for Women’

To promote Digital Literacy among the public, especially women, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV) and the National Commission for Women in collaboration with Cyber Peace Foundation and Facebook organised a four-day free workshop titled ‘We Think Digital’ from 11 to 14 January 2021. Ms. Janice Varghese, Manager-Communication, from Cyber Peace Foundation conducted sessions on Understanding Data and Digital Footprint; Responsible Online Behaviour; Fighting Misinformation; and Cybercrime and Redressal from 2 to 3 pm every day. 1187 people registered for the workshop. Every session began with an invocation by either CVV student Deekshita Muthukumar or Dr. Pramod Dinakar (Assistant Professor, Department of Education).

On Day 1, Dr. Bindu M.P. (Assistant Professor, Department of Education), who was the coordinator for the event, welcomed the participants and elaborated on the objectives of the workshop. Vice Chancellor Prof. Nagaraj Neerchal highlighted the significance of Digital Literacy and the relevance of this workshop for students in the present scenario and underlined the importance of such initiatives for developing responsible behaviour among the public.

The sessions were informative and comprehensive, and full of real-life examples making it easy to understand the various points put forth. The speaker also shared helpline numbers and websites that the participants could turn to for information and redressal. The questions from the participants at the end of every session further added to the value of the workshop as the speaker answered most of them. Going by the feedback received instantaneously on the chat, the participants felt empowered and better equipped to lead a safer digital life.