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‘Most Indian parents posting their kids’ photos online despite threats’



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New Delhi, Aug 28: Although Indian parents are aware that images of their children posted online could end up in the wrong hands, most of them are still sharing their kids’ images online often without any consent from them, a survey by global cyber security firm McAfee revealed on Tuesday.

The survey, titled “The Age of Consent,” found 40.5 per cent of parents in India (with Mumbai being the most active) post a photo or video of their child at least once a day on their social media accounts, with 36 per cent posting a picture of their child once a week.

Most parents identified the following concerns associated with sharing images online including paedophilia (16.5 per cent), stalking (32 per cent), kidnapping (43 per cent) and cyberbullying (23 per cent), but many (62 per cent) don’t even consider if their child would consent to their image being posted online.

“What’s even more alarming is that a whopping 76 per cent of parents say they are aware that the images of their children posted online could end up in the wrong hands,” the survey noted.

Mumbai (66.5 per cent) was followed by Delhi (61 per cent) and Bengaluru (55 per cent) where majority of parents believed they have the right to share images of their child online without consulting them first.

“The survey reveals parents are not giving enough consideration to what they post online and how it could harm their children. Posting kids’ information may compromise their personal information,” said Venkat Krishnapur, Vice-President of Engineering and Managing Director – McAfee.

Responsibility lies with parents to understand the implications of their social media habits/actions and the repercussions the child may face, he added.

The survey found parents from Mumbai to be most active with 48 per cent posting a picture of their child on social media at least once per day in comparison to other metros like Delhi (38.5 per cent) and Bengaluru (31 per cent).

More than half of the parents surveyed (67 per cent) admit that they have or would share a photo of their child in their school uniform despite the risk of giving away personal information thus paving the way for stalkers to get added details on their child’s whereabouts.

While 55 per cent of parents only share images of their child on private social media accounts, 42 per cent are still sharing images on public social media accounts.

“Parents from Bengaluru (59 per cent) exercise highest caution and post pictures of their children only from private social media accounts, closely followed by Mumbai (57 per cent) and Delhi (48.5 per cent),” the findings showed.

While it’s clear that parents are worried about physical risks to their children’s safety, results indicate less concern about the emotional risks.

Interestingly, it appears mothers consider the embarrassing side effect more than fathers, with 47 per cent mothers admitting that they would never post images their children would be embarrassed by, in comparison to 38 per cent of dads.

To reach this conclusion, McAfee commissioned market research firm OnePoll to conduct a survey of 1,000 parents of children aged 1 month to 16 years old across Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru.

“Many social networks will tag a user’s location when a photo is uploaded. Parents should ensure this feature is turned off to avoid disclosing their location. This is especially important when posting photos away from home,” said McAfee.

Parents should only share photos and other social media posts with their intended audience, it added.



US-based artiste gives ‘refreshing touch’ to India’s national anthem



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Mumbai, Jan 24 : Sparsh Shah, a 15-year-old singer, rapper and a motivational speaker from New Jersey, and singer-composer-producer Rohan Puntambekar have recreated a version of Indias national anthem, the “Jana Gana Mana”.

The new version of the song has been sung by Sparsh. The music has been produced by Rohan.

“Both me and Rohan were planning to do a musical collaboration. We met on Facetime and decided to start a music project around the Republic Day occasion. So, we brainstormed and came up with a recreated version of our national anthem and tried to give it a refreshing touch,” Sparsh said in a statement.

“We did the recording and video shooting via FaceTime, Skype and other modes. The entire process was simply amazing”.

Sparsh was born with an incurable disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as the brittle bone disorder. But this didn’t stop him from dreaming big. He has already enthralled audiences across the globe with his inimitable singing and rapping.

He is a professionally trained singer in Hindustani classical and American vocal music.

“Sparsh is an exceptionally talented boy and at such a young age, he has become an international fame. This is my first collaboration with him and it’s a pleasure recording ‘Jana Gana Mana’ with him,” said Rohan.

“Jana Gana Mana” is Times Music’s exclusive release and is available across all the digital platforms.

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J&K: Two killed, many injured as bus falls into gorge near Ku Nallah



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Srinagar, Jan 24: At least two persons lost their lives and 28 were injured after a bus fell into a gorge on Ramnagar-Udhampur road.

The incident took place near Ku Nallah.

More details awaited….


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Body of worker pulled out of Meghalaya mine



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Shillong, Jan 24: After more than a month, the body of a worker was extracted from a 370 deep feet flooded coal mine in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya.

A highly decomposed body was pulled to the water surface by an underwater remotely operated vehicle (UROV) and then taken out, a senior rescue official told news agency IANS.

The miners were trapped after water gushed into the abandoned mine located in Ksan village. Only five managed to escape.

The families of miners have said that they want the mortals to be taken out as per a Supreme Court order.

Coal mine accidents have been rampant in the mountainous state due to unscientific “rat hole mining” even after a National Green Tribunal imposed an interim ban in April 2014.


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