Bangladeshi girls being trained how to avoid online predators

Posted in: Child Protection&Online Safety at 30/05/2017 21:12

What their attackers bet on is shame: in a conservative society, the horror of an intimate photo leaking, or rumours being spread, is enough to buy a teenage girl’s silence.

“We didn’t even know anyone could harm us through the internet,” said Sharifa Oishee, a schoolgirl in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital.

But research shows otherwise: teenagers are overwhelmingly the victims of an alarming rise in cybercrimes in Bangladesh, driven, as elsewhere, by the proliferation of smartphones and social media.

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