Cyber Teens is a youth-led social organization providing protection to children and adolescents on the Internet. This organization works to provide security to children on the Internet and to prevent cyberbullying. If a child is a victim of online bullying, it takes immediate action to resolve the complaint. According to a statistic, about 49 percent of adolescents in Bangladesh are victims of cyberbullying. However, most teens try to keep online bullying a secret. As a result, they suffer from an inferiority complex, neglect their studies, and become addicted to drugs. They don’t consider cyberbullying a crime but consider themselves criminals. As a solution to this problem, Cyber Teens started its journey in 2019 by creating a mobile application to prevent cyberbullying. Adolescents can easily talk about their problems in the media. If a teenager confesses to cyberbullying, for example, if someone harasses or threatens him or her online, he or she will be able to file a complaint with the Cyber Teens application, including specific evidence (including screenshots / call records or videos). And by taking appropriate action in co-operation with the Cyber Teens Administration by conducting a proper review on the basis of that allegation and making the utmost effort to resolve that issue. From the beginning to the present, more than 300 complaints have been received through the Cyber Teens application. Of these, more than 200 complaints have been resolved and 10 cybercriminals have been brought under the law. Cyber teens have been awarded the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2020 by the international organization KidsRights for their significant role in cyber security. To make our task easier, the Government of Bangladesh has provided an office at Vision-2021 Tower in the Media Para area of Kawranbazar and a regional office at Sheikh Hasina Software Technology Park in Jessore. In collaboration with the OECT Division, Ministry of Education, and various government departments, we are able to accelerate the pace of our work. We are hopeful that with the support of the government we will be able to build a safe internet for children and a cyberbullying-free Bangladesh.
We started our piloting journey in Narail district.