• Committed to the cause of Child Online Protection Since 2012

About Us

What We Do

Our theory of change is based on the following 4 strategies of intervention:

Education

Education and age appropriate awareness programmes

Training

We train organisations as online child protectionists

Advocacy

We table our finding and recommendations for policy change

Research

We conduct research to substantiate our work, its impact and the need for intervention

Why We Do?

Rationale


Equipping children, youth and adults with cyber hygiene practices and building cyber resilience is a necessity today


Diving deep into the children’s world of the internet.
Studies say,

Source: TOI, MCAFEE, IPA, NORTON, ECONOMIC TIMES, CYBER PEACE FOUNDATION, RESPONSIBLE NETISM

Children’s unmindful and ignorant internet behaviour makes them extremely vulnerable in cyberspace. Severe cyber threats faced by children ranging from exposure to predators and cyber-crimes like stalking, photo morphing, cyber bullying, exposure to age-inappropriate sexual content, addiction to pornography leading to sleep deprivation and depression to name a few. With the technological world developing at a gigantic pace, the need to prepare children and educators to cope with it has been felt intensely gearing towards a more evolved approach toward its usage.

How We Do?

Responsible Netism works on Education, Training, Advocacy and Research We provide training to Govt. and Non-Govt. institutions and the law enforcement about online safety and reporting mechanisms.

Responsible Netism runs a PAN India Helpline that provides legal guidance and psychological support to victims of online distress. Cases reported to us are referred to the law enforcement for legal aid or for psychological support and guidance.

We provide customised modules of various programs online and offline, equipping children, youth and adults with cyber hygiene practices in order to become cyber resilient.


  • Being Responsible Netizens
    - A customised one-time education module on online safety for students, teachers and parents within educational institutions

  • Cyber Smart Schools
    - A 1 year intensive research-based programme to convert the entire schools ecosystem to being cyber smart and cyber safe

  • Building Digital Guardians
    - Workshops on empowering parents to protect children online, thereby becoming effective cyber caregivers and digital guardians

  • Digital Stree Shakti
    - An intensive education module for financial inclusion and digital empowerment of women from marginalised communities across the state

  • Cyber Sakhi
    - A one-time education programme to educate young girls about online safety and making them cyber safety ambassadors
  • Digital Rakshaks - Training leaders and staff of community centric organisations to combat online distress in order to safeguard children in cyberspace
  • Vittiya Saksharta - A module on Digital Financial Empowerment
  • ToTs - Train the Trainers as cyber safety ambassadors and cyber caregivers
  • Internet Ka Safar - Short user-friendly modules on digital literacy for community mobilisation and empowerment, also catering to senior citizens

Achievements & Recognitions

Our Team

Sonali Patankar

Founder, President - Responsible Netism
Sonali has conceptualised and founded Responsible Netism.

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

She has been instrumental in hosting the Tobacco-Free Mumbai Campaign with the Mumbai Police in partnership with Salaam Bombay Foundation.



Unmesh Joshi

Co-Founder & Director Projects - Responsible Netism
Unmesh is closely associated with Maharashtra Police and Cyber Lawyers in the Country. He is involved in doing a comparative study of Cyber Laws and Law Enforcement Agencies of various Countries and passionately talks about Legal Implications of irresponsible online behaviour.

Unmesh is a Social Entrepreneur, Philanthropist. He is the founder of 'Anviksha Pratishthan' and the Director of 'Marathi Asmita Cultural Foundation'. He owns Bharatiya Vastra Shilpa - a leading Souvenir and Garment manufacturing company that has pioneered in the field of promoting Marathi Calligraphy Poetry and Marathi Culture on his souvenirs. He has several Young Entrepreneurs Awards to his credit and is also actively involved in reviving Theatre, Promoting Films and Events.

Utpal Madane

Secretary & Trustee - Responsible Netism
Utpal provides design and printing expertise at Ahaan Foundation. Utpal Madane is a young entrepreneur who is mainly into offset printing business for the last 16 years. He has his business spread across Mumbai, Nashik and Jalgaon.
Utpal is a Versatile Entrepreneur who along with Printing, is also working with Prasad Pawar Foundation, Nashik who is working towards Digital Restoration of Ajintha Caves for last 10 years.

He is also a Director in Marathi Asmita Cultural Foundation, a Production House which is formed to promote Marathi Music and Literature across the globe.

Manjula Nair

Treasurer & Trustee - Responsible Netism
Manjula has been associated with Ahaan Foundation since its inception. She adds her expertise in content creation and in mental health services required during online distress, and the promoter of Digital Literacy at Responsible Netism.

Manjula is the Secretary of Bharatiya Stree Shakti (BSS), Mumbai. She is also a member of the National Executive Council of BSS. She has around two decades of experience in the areas of family counselling, life skills training and teaching. She has worked extensively with women and adolescents and has also taught Science, Mathematics and Geography at some of the top schools in Mumbai.

Dr Mukul Joshi

Trustee - Responsible Netism
With more than 22 years of work experience, Mukul has extensively partnered with CEOs and senior executives, project and cross functional teams and systems (small, medium and large scale organisations) to facilitate complex business transformation and change. His areas of expertise include transformation and change management, strengthening organisation effectiveness through diagnosing organisational performance issues (structure, competency, talent) - designing and implementing large-scale transformational journeys, talent strategies, as well as senior team and leadership development and coaching.
Mukul’s industry experience includes IT and Services, Semiconductor, Infrastructure, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Non-Profit Organizations and education.

Shilpa Chandolikar

Trustee - Responsible Netism
Shilpa is a Commercial Artist with over 19 years of experience in the field of Graphic Designing. She has been a brand custodian to an esteemed multinational organisation in the Marketing Communications function for the past 15 years.

Shilpa is a Trustee of Ahaan Foundation since its inception, and contributes towards brand building and amplification of the project, Responsible Netism.




Sumeet Rathod

Trustee - Responsible Netism
Sumeet, a young tech-savvy Cyber Security Expert, has been one of the founding members of Responsible Netism. His expertise in the field of Cyber Security and Cyber Forensics is a great value addition to the project Responsible Netism. He has developed a software and application called MOBICID to monitor and improve online behaviour of children and adults.
Sumeet is a Computer Science Graduate with over 16 years of experience in the IT Industry. He specialises in the field of Social Networking sites and is the Co-fFounder Laibhaari.com (a Marathi Facebook look-alike). He has worked with the Anti-Terrorist Squad and SID for Security Application and continues to assist the Cyber Cell.

Hemant Shinde

Trustee - Responsible Netism
Hemant leads the visual and graphic content creation team at Ahaan Foundation. He truly believes in promoting the movement Responsible Netism through virtual creative platforms and mediums to widen its reach and convey the importance of safety within homes and institutions.

Hemant is “THE MAN” behind the recreation of the Indian classic cult film SHOLAY 3D. He has been an Animation Veteran with over 15 years of experience. He has worked on several International and Domestic Animation & Visual Effects Projects with renowned Film Production Houses & Studios.


Advisory Board

The following are our Advisory Board Members who have been our strong pillars of support since inception:

Mr. Mahesh Varde

Director at Pristine Aerosols Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Varde has been a strong pillar of support for Responsible Netism. Based on his experience and expertise, he provides guidance on legal issues, tax and organisational compliances to be followed by the organisation.





Dr. Anuradha Sovani

Former H.o.D Dept. of Psychology, SNDT Women's University
Dr Sovani has been a guide and mentor to Responsible Netism on research related to online trends and behaviours of children and adults related to their online behaviour. She has been appointed as a committee member of the National Scientific Committee for Addiction Prevention and has been working on building content on prevention of internet addiction.

Mr. Ashok Panvalkar

Former Executive Editor Maharashtra Times
Mr. Panvalkar provides his expertise to Responsible Netism on Media visibility and publicity. His expertise and experience in the field of media has been instrumental in crafting Responsible Netism’s media presence.





Dr. Harish Shetty

Renowned Senior Psychiatrist
Dr Shetty has been instrumental in supporting the cause of mental well-being in cyberspace. He specialises in the space of internet addiction, cases of internet addiction received by Responsible Netism are referred to him and to mental health professionals across the country through him.



Adv. Vaishali Bhagwat

Senior Practising Lawyer Civil and Cyber, Chevening Scholar
Adv. Bhagwat is a well-known practising cyber lawyer. She provides her expertise on legal compliances, provides support to victims of cyber-crimes reported through Responsible Netism and is a strong voice that advocates for online safety across various government platforms.

Mr. Brijesh Singh

IPS Additional General of Police Maharashtra
Mr. Singh has been instrumental in supporting Responsible Netism on cyber-crime related cases from the Law enforcement perspective and on research related to cyber-crimes and strengthening reporting mechanisms.




Mr. Ninad Chhaya

Chief Metaverse Officer- GoPhygital
An entrepreneur and an avid gamer at heart, Ninad has over 25 years of experience in gaming and the interactive media space. He is currently the Chief Metaverse Officer of GoPhygital, an award-winning Metaverse and Web3 focused venture on building solutions for the Metaverse using Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, AI-ML, and Gaming/Gamification as the four core offerings.

Mr. Sujay Patki

Social Activist
Mr. Patki is a strong voice advocating for internet safety rights of children, he supports in hosting Responsible Netism’s events and programmes and is a huge resource in liaising with the government bodies.





Ms. Rasika Kulkarni

Co-Founder & Managing Director at International Institute of Sports Management
Ms. Kulkarni has over two decades of experience in the Events Industry. Rasika is also the Director at NSE (National School of Events), the first ever Event Management Institute in central suburbs of Mumbai in the year 2003.