In support of this year’s Safer Internet Day (SID), TikTok, the short video platform, launches #SafeHumSafeInternet, an India specific campaign as part of TikTok’s global #BetterMeBetterInternet initiative.
As part of the #SafeHumSafeInternet campaign ushering in Safer Internet Day in India, TikTok also partnered with the Cyber Peace Foundation, an award-winning NGO and global think tank of cyber security and policy experts, to promote online safety. Together, they held an event in New Delhi today, to highlight and discuss the importance of online safety, educate internet users of safety practices to follow, along with efforts that should be taken to promote online safety.
Experts came together to share and discuss their views on online safety at this event spearheaded by TikTok and Cyber Peace Foundation. Participants included the following representatives: Dr. Angel Rathnabai, Assistant Professor, Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET), National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT); Dr. Amita Dev, Pro Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women; Dr. Neha Bajpai, Project Manager Information Security Education and Awareness (ISEA), CDAC; Dr. Manoj Kumar Sharma Professor of Clinical Psychology SHUT clinic (Service for Healthy use of Technology) NIMHANS, Bangalore; Siddhartha Jain, ACP, Cyber Cell, Crime Branch, Delhi Police; Sandhya Sharma, Director, Public Policy (India), TikTok; and Shivani Kapila, a popular TikTok Creator
Together they spoke about the current online safety scenario in India, awareness about online safety among internet users, the various psychological effects of internet usage and laws on online safety including from a women and youth safety perspective.
To further illustrate and educate internet users on the various aspects of online safety, TikTok and the Cyber Peace Foundation launched eleven posters which will be distributed amongst an extensive list of schools and colleges pan-India.
Commenting on this initiative, Purnendu Singh, Director, Strategy and Operations, Cyber Peace Foundation, said, “We are happy to be collaborating with TikTok and the rest of our stakeholders to work on online safety. The need is not only for awareness but also being proactive to ensure that every netizen is secure in the Cyberspace.”
“As a global community, safety is one of TikTok’s top most priorities. Through our partnership with the Cyber Peace Foundation and our safety initiatives, we look forward to a long-term partnership and play an even greater role in promoting online safety. In addition to user education, we, at TikTok, are continuously working to introduce additional features to promote safety. TikTok’s first of a kind Digital Wellbeing feature which limits the time users can spend on the app, is one such example,” said Sandhya Sharma, Director, Public Policy (India), TikTok.