Internet Safety and Security Literacy for School Children

Introduction

The use of the internet has been spreading in Bangladesh.  Digital technologies help the users in many ways. However, internet users, particularly the new users, use the internet without knowing the safety and security issues. There have been many incidents of cybercrime that victimized many youths, including girls. On the other hand, social media are playing a substantial role in spreading extremist views. Internet-induced vulnerability, especially for young and would-be users, is a big concern, but there is little initiative to address it.

In this context, the Internet Safety and Security Literacy for School Children project will work with secondary level school children who are in their mid-teens, studying in class 9 and 10, build their awareness and literacy on safe internet use. Through conducting school sessions and with the aid of communication materials, the messages on internet safety and security will be directly delivered to the project audiences. The project will also work with district education officers, teachers, parents, teachers’ training institutes, and policymakers. The project will also disseminate the messages through social media channels to reach a wider audience.

The project will train 7,500 students of 75 schools and madrasas of Bogura district

Objective

To educate students on internet safety for reducing the internet-induced vulnerability of school children.

Activity

  • Assess the current level of students understanding of cybersecurity and determining their needs
  • Develop communication materials for school messaging and online platform
  • Hold meetings with district and sub-district level education officials
  • Develop field trainers
  • Conducting training for school students
  • Advocate with teachers’ training institutes to include the cybersecurity issue for the children
  • Hold dialogue with policy actors

Project Period

September 2019 – September 2021

This project is funded by the US Department of State.