News Desk (Channel TT): About 12 million children and adolescents in the country are at cyber risk, according to the Bangladesh Mobile Phone Subscribers Association.
In a statement sent to the media on Friday (May 8th), Mohiuddin Ahmed, president of the Bangladesh Mobile Phone Subscribers Association, said in a warning that schools and colleges in Bangladesh, like the rest of the world, have been closed since March 16th. About 25 million children and adolescents (from play to tenth grade) are under house arrest in the lockdown. As per the government directive, school-college students take online based classes and as a result, children between the ages of 4 and 14 are forced to use the internet.
At the same time, even if we keep it at home, the internet that we hand over to tender-hearted children and teenagers is not safe. This medium is not yet suitable for use by children and adolescents. For this reason, on May 6, the United Nations, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), warned the use of the Internet by very young children.
They say that about 1.5 billion schools and colleges in the world are closed. They are using the internet to study, play sports, watch video games. By doing so, they are going to fall into cyber risk. Due to the scarcity of internet and devices in Bangladesh, even if 50 per cent are out of the internet, the adverse effects of the internet on about 12 million children will still fall on them. At the same time, the issue of excessive use of internet addiction cannot be ruled out.
"We are not aware that the Ministry of Telecommunications has taken any initiative so far on the issue of safety of children using the Internet and no policy has been formulated in this regard," the warning said. ITU is already going to make some recommendations.
The Bangladesh Mobile Phone Subscribers Association has urged parents to be aware of internet usage and urged the government to look into the issue of speedy internet security.