1 mln Bangladesh school children to receive online safety certification by next year
One million school children across Bangladesh will receive online safety certification by next year that is to make their online experience safer and lead the country towards a world record, reports Xinhua.
The ICT Division of the Bangladeshi government’s Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications & Information Technology, with support from UNICEF, will embark on this journey to minimize the growing risks faced by children and adolescents in online due to the increasingly internet-connected world.
This got officially announced Tuesday at an event to mark the “International Safer Internet Day 2020”.
To raise awareness about emerging online issues and trends, this day has been observed since 2004.
According to a statement distributed during the event, this year’s the theme of this day is ‘Safer Internet Day: Together for a Better Internet’.
“Within a year, we will create history by providing one million school-going children with safer Internet usage certification along with make major progress by giving our children the much-needed protection against the hidden online risks,” said Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Bangladeshi state minister of the ICT Division, who attended the event as the chief guest.
Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Bangladesh representative, said “It is high time to count the risks and opportunities of cyber technology and use our collective wisdom and strength to minimize that risks.
Keeping children off from using internet is not the solution since internet works as a huge source of knowledge and information which are essentials for children in today’s competitive world”.
In 2019, cyber bullying was indicated as one of the major problems in Bangladesh from a survey conducted by UNICEF