Grameenphone’s safe internet guidebook for parents launched

Safe_internet_agraniDhaka Times: Grameenphone today launched ‘Safe Internet’ Parents Guidebook published by Telenor Group to facilitate informed use of the Internet by children.

The guidebook was launched at Agrani School & College in Azimpur. The launch was part of the continuous endeavor undertaken by Grameenphone to spread awareness among parents and children regarding safe use of Internet. Grameenphone is the first mobile operator in Bangladesh to start promoting the concept of Safe Internet.

A panel discussion of Safe Internet was also arranged in the school premises. Dr. Abdullah Abu Sayeed, Chairman of Bishwa Sahitya Kendra, Md. Reaz Uz Zaman Bhuiyan, Principal of Agrani School and College, Jamila Akhter, Child Protection Specialist of UNICEF, Ronnie Mirza, Communications Lead of BRAC and Debashis Roy, Head of Corporate Responsibility of Grameenphone were present at the event. Md. Hasan, DGM, Public Relations moderated the panel discussion.

Millions of people across Asia are starting to use internet in recent years. But parents struggle to talk to their kids about many sensitive topics like the contents that are available over the internet and need to remain safe on Internet.

Telenor as a responsible operator comes out with this guidebook designed to help parents do that – talk to their children about the right contents on internet – by equipping them with important information to pass on to their children and start an open dialogue about the role of internet in our lives. Telenor and its business units across Asia are promoting Safe Internet for the children.

The speakers in the discussion outlined various do’s and don’ts for parents and children regarding the Internet. These guidelines are meant to ensure that children can positively utilize the endless resources on offer on the internet without being distracted by any negative aspect of it.

“This launch is a testimony of Grameenphone’s tireless endeavors to conduct operations with utmost responsibility. We are aware that the children of today are tomorrow’s leaders, and consider it our duty to ensure their well-being through informed use of the resources around them,” said Debashis Roy.

Spreading awareness in low-information populations where the Internet is still in its infancy can help mitigate risks posed to digitally inexperienced parents and their children. The book is available both in English and Bangla and will be distributed by Grameenphone among the target groups.

Grameenphone has an ambition to provide Internet for All. The company is also working to build awareness among the users regarding safe use of Internet. It will hold workshops in 500 schools with the help of BRAC.

Earlier this year Grameenphone arranged a workshop and published awareness advertisement regarding Safe Internet on national dailies on the occasion of Safer Internet Day.

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