Kerala to launch ‘Koottu’ for guarding children from online crimes 

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala state government is all set to launch a project ‘Koottu’ for providing protection and awareness for children against escalating online crimes. The government took initiative for the project in view of the increasing cases under Operation P-Hunt, which was instituted to curb the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography in the state.

‘Koottu’ will be organised by the Kerala Police with the cooperation of Cyberdome, CCSE, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, Childline, Meta (Facebook), Inker Robotics, Mac Labs, IMA, and NGO Bodhini. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the new project on July 26 at the Govt Higher Secondary School for Girls Cottonhill, in Thiruvananthapuram.

The scheme plans to create awareness among children, parents and teachers in the selected schools with the aid of technology and prepare them not to be a victim of online fraud.

Training will be imparted for students to keep their identity safe on the social media platforms along with the classes on the dangers hidden in such realms. Parents will also be enlightened on their role in guiding the children.

Following the completion of the first phase, the project will be extended to Malappuram and Kozhikode in the second and third phases.

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