Make internet safe

21 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Technology is probing to be a double-edged sword that cuts both ways. While the advent of the internet has changed our lives for the better, it has also brought with it many harmful effects and dangers. For example, crime like cheating has always been a serious threat to individuals since time immemorial, but now with the widespread use of social media sites where users readily reveal their personal information, conning people has become a lot easier. Young girl and children are the most vulnerable due to their naivety in using internet and social media.

The lead story in yesterday’s Daily Sun shed ample light on online fraud and forgery. Police recently arrested a man named Jahangir who alone blackmailed more than 100 young girls.

He collected information and photos of Bangladeshi expatriates from their Facebook accounts and then opened several fake Facebook IDs in the name of the expatriates and using their photos. In this way he not only cheated those on whose name he created fake accounts, but also blackmailed their family members and friends. Clearly, he is not alone. There are thousands of cheats roaming around in the internet.

Being aware and internet-savvy is the key to protect oneself from online fraudsters. At the same time the internet regulatory authorities of Bangladesh should also ask top social media platforms like Google and Facebook to enhance their capacity to detect and remove fake accounts.

In this age of digital distraction, a whole generation is growing up preferring Facebook over books. They can hardly put down smart phones or turn off the laptops. While continuously surfing online, young generation in particular, is falling prey to such dangerous scams and propaganda as well.

Absence of healthy recreation facilities and outdoor games is to a large extent responsible for growing online addiction. Besides, as the joint family structure is gone and parents are overstressed by modern life, children are often left on their own. Therefore, among the solution there have to be better parenting as well as more space for children to engage in outdoor activities and socialisation.