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Empowering Youth Netizens through Intel's Digital Wellness Program

(by Sattiya Langkhapin and Ploycarat Nana)

According to a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in 2014, cybercrime costs $ 575 billion a year, $ 100 billion to US economy, and 0.8% of the global economy (CSIS, 2014). If cybercrime were a country, it would be 27th largest economy worldwide. The damage is not restricted to economy. A survey in 2014 revealed that 1 in 5 primary school pupils in Singapore has been bullied online (Tai, 2014). Nonetheless, technology is an integral part in the daily lives of today’s younger generations. Children and youth around the world account for a large proportion of the online community, from surfing the net, updating their lives on social media, to playing online games. Because of this, they are also more exposed to online exploitations that range from harassment, pornography, illegal activities and fraudulent scams.

Intel, as a leader in IT innovation and technology, was able to represent the efforts of the private sector in promoting safe and responsible Internet use at the recent conference hosted by UNESCO Bangkok and UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) about ‘Policies and Initiatives to Promote Children’s Safe, Effective and Responsible Use of ICT: Asia Pacific Consultation’ by highlighting the positive effects and best practices of Intel Digital Wellness Program

The curriculum. Intel Digital Wellness curriculum was designed to promote awareness among children and youth on the benefits and dangers of Internet-based interactions, as well as responsible and informed decision-making within cyberspace, especially on social media platforms. The curriculum engaged young people aged 13-18 years old in schools across India through various hands-on exercises, case studies, scenario cards and many more.

The program. In July 2015, Intel collaborated with National e-Governance Division (NeGD) to organize India Digital Wellness Online Challenge as part of the Digital India Week. Students were asked to complete a series of questions based on their knowledge of digital wellness and decision-making within the cyberspace. The Challenge achieved astonishing results of almost 1 million participants, with 144 winners from across 36 states invited to participate in a national event and congratulated by top officials from India’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. Anoop Kumar Agrawal, President and CEO of NeGD, expressed that “… there was a dire need of introducing a fun and interactive way of making these users acquainted with the challenges. We are extremely delighted to see the response we’ve received”.

The sustainability model. In order to make sustainable change, it is critical to involve all significant stakeholders in the Digital Wellness Program as a national mission. Public-private partnership plays a key role in the long-term sustainability of such initiative. Therefore, platforms and mechanisms should be created to support more policy dialogues between relevant stakeholders at national and regional levels. Closer collaborations between the public and private sectors can allow key decision makers to share the different priorities for their governments and the gaps that the industry can fill in and contribute towards.

Intel’s Digital Wellness Program in India was just one example of how Intel works toward safe and responsible digital citizenship. Cyber Security Classroom Packet and Take Home Kit were developed and distributed to Grade 6-12 students in the US. At higher education level, Intel sponsored security curriculum in 33 faculties worldwide to build capacity for 3,500 computer science undergraduates. From technology development perspective, Intel Security continues to innovate on software and services with improved prevention and remediation of security vulnerabilities. It is Intel’s priority, aligning with governments worldwide, to ensure safe and secure cyberspace for young digital citizen, allowing them to take full advantage of the benefits of ICT, gain amazing experiences and innovate the world.

 

Online Resources: 

www.thinkbeforeyoulinkinschool.com

www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/education/university/security-program.html

 

References

CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies). (2014). Net Losses: Estimating the Global Cost of Cybercrime. Retrieved from www.mcafee.com/mx/resources/reports/rp-economic-impact-cybercrime2.pdf

Tai, J. (2014, July 14). 1 in 4 secondary students 'admits to cyber bullying'. The Straits Times. Retrieved from www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/1-in-4-secondary-students-admits-to-cyber-bullying

 

Contact infoAnshul Sonak, anshul.sonak@intel.com; Shweta Khurana, shweta.khurana@intel.com; Sattiya Langkhapin, sattiya.langkhapin@intel.com   

 



29.09.2015