Sonali Patankar, Founder, Responsible Netism & President, Ahaan Foundation

Sonali is the President of Ahaan Foundation a trust registered in 2012 and has conceptualized and founded Responsible Netism – the only non-profit initiative of the state promoting cyber wellness and responsible online behaviour for online protection of children and adults.  

Podcast

Overview

The Brand Called You welcomes Ms. Sonali Patankar on the podcast today. Sonali is the Founder of Responsible Netism. She is also the President of Ahan Foundation. 

Sonali is in conversation with host Ashutosh Garg about her professional journey and the work she does to protect minors from cybercrimes. Sonali takes the audience through some very basic aspects of cyberbullying and internet addiction. She throws light on the dangerous intensity of wrongful usage of the internet. Her nonprofit, Responsible Netism is an initiative set up for promoting cyber wellness and responsible behavior; and online protection of children and adults. Sonali gives some very important takeaways for parents and how they can protect their children from cybercrime. She believes that children need to have parental controls on their devices and that parents need to be very careful of the content their kids consume from the internet on a daily basis. She talks about adult online gaming and its increasing use by underage kids. 

While Sonali believes that the internet is a boon to our generation, she also strongly suggests controlled and responsible usage. Her advice to the parents is to reach out for help if their kids display unhealthy internet behavior.

Profile

Sonali Patankar holds a degree in Social Work from Nirmala Niketan – College of Social work and a diploma in school counseling from SNDT Women’s University

She has to her credit more than 25 years of professional experience and has worked with eminent organizations such as CRY- Child Rights and You, PCGT – Public Concern for Governance and Trust, IL&FS Education and Salaam Bombay Foundation the Mumbai Police.  

Sonali is currently the President of Ahaan Foundation a trust registered in 2012 and has conceptualized and founded Responsible Netism – the only non-profit initiative of the state promoting cyber wellness and responsible online behaviour for online protection of children and adults. 

She is selected as a member of the committee for the online safety of women formed by the Maharashtra Rajya Mahila aayog. Has been a speaker nominated by  SCPCR and NCPCR for online safety training for school leaders. She is a core committee member of iSafe – A national alliance on Cyber Safety. Has been associated with UNICEF. Sonali has been a trainer and content creator for MSCERT Teachers training.

Project Responsible Netism works in association with the Mumbai Police and the Ministry of Education – Maharashtra to promote child online protection and ensures that every child is safe online. The team has successfully sensitized over 10 lakh children and adults since inception and aspire to make India Cyber Safe for children.

Responsible Netism is a non-profit initiative in the state of Maharashtra committed to the cause of child online protection and promoting cyber wellness among children and adults. www.responsiblenetism.org

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