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5 teens win laptops for content on cyber safety

  • Published at 09:26 pm October 24th, 2021
Cyber Security

They combined their own virtual world experience with the knowledge input they received in the workshops and published their creations on digital platforms

Five teenagers from Sreemangal and Barisal have been awarded laptops for creating online content on cyber safety and digital literacy. 

Ananta Durba, Ognivo Pranjon, Debosree Yadav from Sreemangal and Jannati Akther Tuva and Kathak Biswas from Barishal were selected from a pool of applicants who competed against each other under a project called “Being Safe, Being Cyberpositive.”

Photo of the virtual award ceremony

The top five content creators have received their awards and their names were announced in an online event on Saturday, according to a press release.

Under the project, a baseline survey was conducted by ULAB's Center for Critical and Qualitative Studies (CQS) to better understand the internet usage patterns of students aged 13 to 19, who live outside of Bangladesh's urban centers.

The project team developed a strategic intervention based on the survey findings and held a series of online workshops for students from Bhairab, Barishal, Satkhira, Jashore, and Sreemangal.

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These teenagers then created writings, drawings, photography, posters, and videos under the supervision of mentors. They combined their own virtual world experience with the knowledge they received in the workshops. 

The teenagers then published their creations on digital platforms.

The Being Safe, Being Cyberpositive project was funded by the US State Department’s South Asia Governance Fund and administered by The Asia Foundation Bangladesh.

Director of CQS and the project lead Professor Sumon Rahman said: “We call these teens cyber-positive as they neither hide nor flee the cyber world seeing dangers. 

“Rather, they have created contents on cyber safety and circulated them on social media platform, with an aim to usher in a safe virtual world, for themselves and for their fellows,” the professor added.

Professor Imran Rahman, Adviser to the Board of Trustees of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), Md Afzal Hossain Sarwar, Policy Specialist (Educational innovation), a2i and MD Zakaria, Senior Program Officer, The Asia Foundation took part in the virtual award ceremony. 

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