5 days training on Safety and Security in Lockwood Hotel, Murree.
A five-day training workshop on safety and security was conducted in Murree Lockwood. The need for this training came from the Youth Council (YC) in Multan. The participants invited to this training were the YC members from both the old and new YC in Multan.
VISION planned a five days training workshop for this purpose. The first 3 days of this workshop was decided to be conducted by the Bytes for All-the Islamabad based digital security right organization. https://bytesforall.pk/
The agenda is attached below:
On the day 1st, the trainer from the Bytes for All started the session with the expectation of the participants which are as follows:
- To protect the data online
- How to make a strong password
- How to report online incidents
- Social media settings
- Virtual storage spaces
- Safe and unsafe websites
- Pros and cons of applications permissions
- How Whatsapp can be hacked
- Third-party apps
- How to make a Gmail account
- Fake links and/or social engineering
- Viruses and their impacts on data
- Multiple Gmail accounts to enhance Bytes and data
The trainer introduced the concepts and methods of digital safety and security that are essential for online internet users to understand especially the transgender community to mitigate their online vulnerability on social sites. The facilitator gave an example of the formation of a strong password. It was emphasized that the strong password could be one of the primary keys that are used for online protection at a very basic level. To reinforce the making of a strong password, the trainer asked the participants to come up with making a strong password which was successfully done by the participants.
The trainer further explained the types of viruses and their functions and how they cause harm to digital devices.
At this point, one of the participants shared the incident that happened due to the leakage of the picture and was negatively portrayed by the perpetrators. She told that a birthday party was held in Multan by the transgender community where the invitees were from different walk of life. The birthday party was given the wrong frame and misrepresented as gay parties in the media which jeopardized the lives of the people.
The day proceeded with the introduction of some of the VPNs that online users can approach. In addition to this, the process of the backup of the data on Google drive was shown to the participants. The participants shared that they face problems when their cell phones are lost and that results in losing precious and sensitive data. The trainer practically showed the example of data backup and also shared how the Gmail account/s can help in enhancing data space.
The following feedback on this session was shared by the participants:
- This is new to me. I have learned how to get a backup of data and make it secure.
- This is a good thing to have a backup on Google drive/s, this will help me access to the data anywhere
- It saves memory space on your mobile phone. The memory space of my cell phone would always show as memory shortage but now it helps.
Safe video call options:
The trainer, as per the needs of the participants, suggested for the community to use safer online video calling applications. The participants had shared how traditional online video calling apps are putting people's lives in danger. The participants also shared some of the incidents and apprehensions that they face during online calling with their friend/s or peers as well as their partners. The participants shared the following:
- During the use of an online dating site, the random people at video chat can copy our picture and/or take screenshots that makes us more vulnerable online
- Online dating sites are dangerous to use. We do not know who else is sitting behind the camera
- Online video calling are unsafe as someone can easily record the calls
The trainer suggested the application named Jitsi Meet for online safer calls. Trainer reflected on the importance of using Jitsi meet and told that it is an open-source application and comparatively safer to use. The option of using Jitsi Meet suggestion was welcomed by the participants.
In this session, the facilitator reflected on the stress and its management exercises. There were three techniques shared by the trainer:
- Physical techniques
- Mental techniques
- Soothing techniques
The participants practiced the techniques with the trainer. The soothing technique was regarding the exercise in which participants were told to close their eyes and inhale from nose and exhale from their mouth. Relax their body and arms and imagine a situation where they feel like walking on grass at some mountain top and also imagine a chilly wind and chirping birds. The participants were allowed to add further things while meditating. This exercise was done for 10 minutes.
Following are the feedback/s from the participants:
- I am feeling very relaxed
- I felt like i was really in that place
- I did not want to come back from that place
- I started feeling drowsy and sleepy
- This activity is relaxing. The more I focus the more I felt soothed
This session was mainly focused on the activities that are helpful in the analysis of physical security. The session was started with the definition of physical security. The participants were asked to tell what comes to their mind when they think of physical security. Below are the responses:
- Physical security of the body
- Self defence
- Fear of unknown
- Risk of something
Along with the above, the facilitator also asked the participants their definition of risk. The participants said:
- Risk is a situation in which we feel something bad will happen to our body
- If I am going to some new place for job, and the fear of adjusting and not acclimating with the new environment will be known as risk
The facilitator shared a simple model that was helpful in assessing the level of risk. The model was drawn on chart where the risk was divided in three levels:
- Low risk
- Medium risk
- High risk
The participants were asked to come up with any risky situation pertaining to their lives and paste it on the levels drawn upon the chart to measure the level of risk.
Sand table activity:
One of the activities that were introduced by the board members of VISION was the sand table. In this activity, the participants made a hypothetical map on the chart/s where the participants were having freedom to use any material they think is relevant to making a hypothetical map e.g. placing a glass on the chart and putting a label on it as Hospital building.
The participants build a hypothetical map on chart and labelled the assumed places and made road maps. The activity was done in three groups. Each group had to present a different case reflecting on the problems they face and their solution keeping the map relevant to their real life situations in the field.
Furthermore, the training content was reinforced by the team VISION using the hand puppets. This skill has now been carried out by the field team/s of VISION.