WNS (Holdings) Limited, through its CSR arm WNS Cares Foundation (WCF) today announced the national launch of CyberSmart portal. Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), did the honours. CyberSmart is a holistic cybersafety learning ecosystem for education and empowerment of students, teachers, volunteers and parents, supported by NASSCOM.
Shamini Murugesh, Honorary Chief Mentor, WCF said, “The purpose of CyberSmart platform is to create awareness and educate students and parents about cybersafe behaviour through an engaging gamified learning model. The portal is currently available in three languages: English, Hindi & Marathi, and soon, it will be available in six more regional languages.”
CyberSmart is a free-for-all gamified learning platform that uses thematic quiz-based modules. The portal offers age-appropriate learning journeys that are based on curriculum advisories and challenges that children commonly encounter in cyberspace. The platform offers a host of features that makes learning immersive and engaging for children, and covers a bandwidth of 50,000 concurrent users, without capturing any personal data.
A key feature of the portal is a ‘call for help’ button for children under duress. The portal also enables parents and teachers to impart cybersecurity education using a unique online and offline methodology.
Speaking at the launch, Sawhney said “As millions of children across the nation are increasingly accessing the internet for online learning due to COVID-19, the deployment and adoption of smarter cybersecurity measures like CyberSmart is crucial. This portal is very much in line with our mission to create a safe cyber environment for every citizen of the country, especially our children and youth. I am delighted to partner and launch CyberSmart portal on a national level.”
“In an increasingly digital world, a seismic shift to smarter cybersecurity space is a critical need, especially for our children and youth. CyberSmart portal is an attempt to create a repository of age-appropriate content that is engaging and empowers our young generation alike to navigate the internet judiciously,” said Keshav R. Murugesh, Group CEO, WNS.
Debjani Ghosh, President of NASSCOM said, “Launch of the CyberSmart portal could not have come at a more appropriate time. This resource is sure to benefit parents and teachers as much as it will impact students in learning about traversing cyberspace purposefully, during and post COVID-19 world. NASSCOM supports the CyberSmart initiative that would spur a safer internet landscape across the nation.”
In 2017, WCF ran a CSR awareness programme around the dangers of the digital world, CyberSword, through a competition which reached over 1,35,000 children across 345 schools in eight countries including India through a series of videos and multi-media presentations. Further, WCF launched a digital-led initiative, ThinkTalkTeach, in January 2019 and created two informative videos on the safe use of the internet for primary and secondary school students. This CSR initiative has garnered 1.3 million views on social media so far.
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