The launching program of this initiative was held at Dhaka's Chhayanaut Sangskriti Bhaban on Thursday
The first ever e-awareness olympiad for students "Cyber Champ" has been launched to raise awareness on cyberspace safety and cyber crime.
The launching program of this initiative was held at Dhaka's Chhayanaut Sangskriti Bhaban on Thursday.
Students from grade nine to grade twelve can log in to https://www.cyberchamp.com.bd/cyber-champs for registration and take part in weekly quiz contests after. Top 200 students will get the opportunity to take part in the Olympiad.
Dnet, a social enterprise, has partnered with the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division to implement a project titled "e-Awareness for Students against Extremism (eASE)," an initiative funded by USAID.
While speaking at the event as chief guest, ICT Division Senior Secretary N M Zeaul Alam said: "Enacting strict laws is not enough to curb crimes online.
"Sometimes people commit cybercrimes without knowing that they are violating the law. Creating awareness among people regarding this issue is also very important."
Dhaka University Department of Criminology Chairman Dr Zia Rahman, said: "Internet along with social media platforms have various positive impacts on our society. However, these are also being used to spread fake news and hate speeches."
Echoing the same, Samakal Acting Editor Mustafiz Shafi, said that he believes people now do not fall for fake news as much as they used to before.
More than one hundred students and teachers representing different Bangla, English and madrasa institutes of the capital participated in the event.
During the event, students took part in problem solving activities and came up with a few solutions of their own about cyberspace safety.
While talking with our correspondent, the present students said everybody should be respectful towards different opinions and be very careful about who they are friends with on Facebook adding that it is very important not to react to fake news circulating on social media platforms.
Along with the Olympiad, Dnet will conduct training sessions on access to safe internet for students and teachers in 100 educational institutions across Dhaka, Chittagong and Rajshahi to increase awareness among students and teachers.
Dhaka Tribune is one of the media partners of this great initiative.