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Specifically, children’s increasing dependence on the internet during the Covid-19 lockdown has increased the risk of abuse

While increasing public access to the internet is a sign of progress, it is not without its demerits. The danger of abuse via online platforms has been long present, and children are particularly vulnerable to it, making it a priority area to ensure their safety online.

Specifically, children’s increasing dependence on the internet during the Covid-19 lockdown has increased the risk of abuse, a new report suggests. Its worrying findings showed that some 717 children were abused on the internet between January 2021 and November 2021, with 135 being under the age of six, 292 between seven and 12, and 290 over the age of 12.

An earlier survey, conducted last year, found that 30% of the surveyed minors were abused online, among them 6% were children with special needs.

This is a clear indication that the authorities should take initiatives to stop online abuse of children, by first drafting appropriate policies, and then enforcing protective measures firmly.

Experts have suggested increased public engagement by the government to stop the rise of online abuse. They also stressed the need for law enforcement agencies to be more sensitive about this issue.

The vision of Digital Bangladesh, and indeed the Bangladesh of the future, should include online safety of children as an essential goal, and the authorities should take necessary preventative steps right away. There is no point of having a developed nation if the children, the very future of this country, are not going to be safe.

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