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For girls: Do you use smartphones, social media? Tips to tackle cyber bullies

Women should use smartphones and internet with utmost care without divulging personal details to strangers as they could be harassed by unscrupulous elements, according to senior Supreme Court lawyer Pavan Duggal, who specialises in Cyberlaw.

Speaking at a workshop on ‘Cyber Crimes against women: Challenges posed by the Social Networking’ organised by the Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia on the campus on Monday, Duggal said cyber bullying in educational institutions has become a big problem and as of now there is no dedicated legislation to deal with it.

Describing smartphones as “sitting bomb’’, he suggested that smartphones should be used only as a phone and not as a camera and should not be synced with cloud.

Duggal said WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, internet and other social networking sites have become a convenient tool to target women.

Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof Shahid Ashraf, who presided over the function, said violence against women and girls through cyber space is emerging as a global problem with serious implications for societies and economies around the world.

Referring to increasing number of cyber crimes against women by hacking their account thus causing harassment , anxiety and agony to them , he said they have to protect themselves by not divulging too much of their personnel details.

Also, he said women should be careful of their surroundings particularly their place of work as there had been instances of spy camera being used to film them. “Your security is in your hands,’’ he said.

The growing reach of internet, the rapid spread of mobile information and communication technologies and the wide diffusion of the social media have presented new opportunities and enabled various efforts to address violence against women and girls, said Professor Ashraf.

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