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ARTICLE 19: Include digital literacy programs in school curriculum

  • Published at 08:58 pm October 25th, 2020
Cyber Security
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Citizens can call 999/01769691522/01769691508 or use the “Hello CT” app to report cybercrimes

With much of our daily activities being switched online due to the pandemic, it has now increasingly become important to be digitally literate and be vigilant in understanding digital security measures with the increase of cybercrimes.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Najmul Islam of the Cyber Crime Investigation Division of the Metropolitan Police Dhaka (DMP) made the observations during a webinar organized by ARTICLE 19, said a press release on Sunday.

The rights organization, as a part of its online course on media laws, media ethics, and digital rights and safety, in collaboration with DW Akademie, held its first online lecture which covered three important issues, the importance of cybersecurity, awareness of extremism, and dark web, and the role of the DMP’s Cyber Security and Crime Division.

ADC Najmul said: “With much of our daily activities being switched online due to the pandemic, it has now increasingly become important to be digitally literate and be vigilant in understanding digital security measures with the increase of cybercrimes.” 

“Digital Bangladesh has reached its peak during the tenure of the present government. As such with easy accessibility to information communication technology (ICT) people can now access online platforms, but due to lack of knowledge of cybersecurity and ethics, it makes many vulnerable to cybercrimes,” he added.

He said that consequently, as most of the online users are young demographics, it’s now imperative that digital literacy be incorporated at the secondary level curriculum.

According to Najmul, internet penetration in the country is at 100 million users with 40 million being Facebook users. Currently, one Facebook user is being added every 12 seconds, which is higher than the country’s birth rate. 

Najmul emphasized the importance of cybersecurity education for young people and to include digital literacy programs in the school curriculum. 

Najmul also requested parents to monitor their children’s online activity.   

This is not only a threat to individuals or families but also compromises state security, he opined adding that cyber activities transcend national boundaries, youth are more vulnerable to issues of extremism and illegal activities online.

With the increased dependence on digital media, especially in light of Covid-19 with work from home measures and online classes, there is a need to learn and implement online security measures to ensure the safety of users, read the release.

These protection measures should start from homes at the individual and household levels. Additionally, digital media and technologies are now being increasingly used by extremists and terrorists to spread propaganda and attract recruits, added the release.

Najmul, during the webinar, informed the audience that by calling -- 999/01769691522/01769691508 or using the “Hello CT” app one can easily report any cybercrime.


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