Who we are?

Project Responsible Netism is the brain child of AHAAN FOUNDATION, a trust registered in 2012. Responsible Netism (RN) is a social purpose organisation, committed to the cause of child online protection initiated in Maharashtra. The movement advocates for cyber-wellness to ensure children’s mental well-being in cyber space. Having successfully educated over 1.3 million children and adults since inception, we educate and empower children youth and adults about their online safety rights and responsibilities. Ensuring every child is safe online is a responsibility we undertake with pride

The RN team acts as a referral organization that provides legal guidance and psychological support to victims of online distress


The highly imaginative virtual world proves an irresistible temptation for youngsters; sadly, it adversely impacts their physical and mental well-being in the process. Children, youth and adults to protect them from internet abuse and threats. Internet Addiction (problematic use of the internet) is an emerging concern, with rise in cases related to internet gaming disorders, dependency on pornography, digital devices are leading to severe sleep deprivation and social disconnect in children. Irresponsible usage of gaming and social media have also given rise to tremendous psychological distress in children and adults. Crimes ranging from cyber bullying, cyber stalking, photo morphing to creating and sharing child sexual abusive material (CSAM) and threatening children are on a rise. Online distress often has very long term and deep impact on their emotional well-being of children.

Equipping them with cyber hygiene practices and building cyber resilience is a necessity today

Our Facilitators

Ms. Sonali Patankar
Founder, President - Responsible Netism

Sonali has conceptualised and founded Responsible Netism, the only social purpose initiative of the state promoting cyber-wellness and responsible online behaviour for online protection of children and adults. The team has successfully sensitised over 13.5 lakh children and adults since inception.

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.

Sonali Patankar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Nirmala Niketan – College of Social Work and a Diploma in School Counselling from SNDT Women's University.

Mr. Unmesh Joshi
Co-Founder & Director Projects - Responsible Netism

Unmesh completed his Graduation in Political Science and Law. He 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 behavior.

Unmesh is a Social Entrepreneur, Philanthropist from Thane. He is the founder of 'Anviksha Pratishthan' and Director of 'Marathi Asmita Cultural Foundation'. He owns Bharatiya Vastra Shilpa - A leading Souvenir, 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 very actively involved in reviving Theater, Promoting Films and Events.

Mr. Utpal Madane
Secretary and Trustee, Ahaan Foundation

Utpal provides design and printing expertise at Ahaan Foundation. He truly believes that promoting the movement Responsible Netism by creating awareness about pros and cons of online world for safety of our children is need of hour for well-being of our society especially children.

Utpal Madane is a young entrepreneur who is mainly into offset printing business for 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 globe. He has also successfully ventured in the field of catering and hospitality services.

Mr. Tushar Bhagat
Treasurer - Ahaan Foundation, Founder / CEO - G5 Web Services, Director - Unovation Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Tushar is the acting Treasurer of Ahaan Foundation, he is the Team’s Technical resource and brain providing Technical guidance to Team Responsible Netism.

Tushar is a Computer Engineering from Mumbai University, He started his own Web Development Company at a very young age. Being in Business since 2003, he has had the opportunity to serve many multinational companies. His company G5 Web Services & Unovation Digital Technologies currently focuses on Mobile App Development, Robotic Process Automation, Cyber Safety, Cloud Backup Solution. His Company is recognized by Silicon India Top 100 Mobile App Development Companies in India. He has been awarded with Business Excellence Award for IT & Software, Arthsanket Innovative Business Awards. He currently serves as a Director at Unovation Digital Tech. Pvt. Ltd., CEO at G5 Web Services.

Ms. Shilpa Chandolikar
Trustee - Responsible Netism & Independent Creative Consultant

Ms. Shilpa Chandolikar, is a commercial artist by profession. She has over 19 years of experience in the filed of Graphic Designing and has been a brand custodian to an esteemed multinational organisation in the Marketing Communications function for the past 15 years. Shilpa is also a trustee of Ahaan Foundation since its inception, and contributes towards brand building and amplification of the project, Responsible Netism. She has been empowering and educating people to be safe on the cyber space since 8 years. Shilpa is a child online protectionist and strongly advocates for responsible online behavior.

Ms. Manjula Nair
FTrustee, Ahaan Foundation, Founder - PGDC (Guidance & Counselling)

Manjula has been associated with Ahaan Foundation and Responsible Netism since its inception. She adds her expertise in content creation and in mental health services required during online distress.

Manjula is the Secretary of Bharatiya Stree Shakti (BSS), Mumbai and promoter of Digital Literacy at Responsible Netizm. 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.

Mr. Sumeet Rathod
Trustee, Ahaan Foundation, Founder & Director - Version Next Technologies

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 adds to combat online distress. He has recently developed a software and application called MOBICID to monitor and improve online behaviour of Children and Adults.

Sumeet is a Computer Science Graduate from Mumbai University with 12+years of experience in IT Industry. He specializes in the field of Social Networking sites and is the Co-founder 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.

Mr. Hemant Shinde
Trustee, Ahaan Foundation & Creative Director / CGI (Animation & VFX), Generalist

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 recreation of the Indian classic cult film SHOLAY 3D, He has been an Animation Veteran with over 15 years of business. He has worked on several International and Domestic Animation & Visual Effects Projects with renowned Film Production Houses & Studios. He is currently an expert training consultant associated with various institutions to teach animation and visual effects.

Impact since inception




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What we do


Education and age appropriate awareness programmes

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We provide legal guidanceand psychological support

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


We table our finding and recommendations for policy change. We train organisations as online child protectionists

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