MHA releases booklet on cyberbullying

MHA releases booklet on cyberbullying


Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) releases booklet “Cyber Dost” on cyberbullying for teens


  • The booklet, with graphics, in English deal with a variety of subjects like cyber threats, cyber bullying, cyber grooming, online gaming and email fraud among others
  • It advices youngsters not to forward or share any message on social media or messaging App before confirming its authenticity from other sources, not to share any personal details, including their date of birth, passwords, photos and other details as well as keeping a stranger at arms-length.
  • To avoid cyber bullying, the booklet advises, “never install unwanted software and Apps like dating App, online games from unknown sources
  • Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has reported that there were over 53,000 such cases reported last year
  • Cyberbullying defined as intentionally harassing someone with rude, mean and hurtful messages;
  • Cyber Grooming where someone builds an emotional bond with children through social media with an intention to gain their trust for sexually exploiting them.
  • Information Technology Act, 2000 was enacted to protect the citizens from cybercrime Indian

About Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In)

  • CERT-In is the national nodal agency for responding to computer security function under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
  • In the recent Information Technology Amendment Act 2008, CERT-In has been designated to serve as the national agency to perform the functions in the area of cyber security:
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