Keeping in mind the growing rate of Cyber crime, Bangladesh Trains Teenage Girls to Fight Cyber Crime. Bangladesh has begun training thousands of school girls to protect them from being blackmailed or harassed online. Government officials recently conducted a project in which female students from urban areas have given the awareness of how to keep themselves safe if faced with online threats.
Bangladesh Trains Teenage Girls to Fight Cyber Crime
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“Most of the victims of cybercrime in our country are young girls. So, we decided to spread awareness among the girls first. In this pilot project, over 10,000 girls from 40 schools and colleges took part in our workshops and we got a massive response. Now we have our target to take this campaign across the whole country involving 40 million students in 170,000 schools and colleges,”
Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister for ICT told.
Moreover, Bangladesh showed a double-digit growth in internet use every year in the past 15 years. According to statistics, half of the social media users in the country are women and teenage girls. But according to authorities there are 70 percent of cyber crime victims.
“Later, when their relationships are on the rocks, their former boyfriends post the photos and videos in the social media to emotionally blackmail the girls. Such photos and videos often trigger troubles in the lives of the girls after they get into new relationships or get married,”
Mishuk Chakma, a cybersecurity expert of Dhaka Metropolitan Police said.
“In such a situation many marital relationships are getting into troubles. Even in a few cases the girls are taking extreme steps like attempting suicide.”