News ID: 276747
Published: 0857 GMT November 14, 2020

Bangladeshi teen wins children's peace prize for anti-cyberbullying app

Bangladeshi teen wins children's peace prize for anti-cyberbullying app
REMKO DE WAA/ANP
A 17-year-old boy was awarded the International Children's Peace Prize for developing a mobile app that helped teenagers report cyberbullying.

A Bangladeshi teenager on Friday received a prestigious global children's award for his work in combating cyberbullying in his country.

Sadat Rahman, 17, was awarded the 2020 International Children's Peace Prize for developing a mobile app in his western district of Narail in Bangladesh that provides education about online bullying and helps teenagers report and cases, dw.com reported.

"The fight against cyberbullying is like a war, and in this war, I am a warrior," Rahman said in an impassioned speech after he was handed the award at a ceremony in The Hague, which was live-streamed due to coronavirus restrictions. 

 

'Model for the world'

 

Rahman came up with the idea of the "Cyber Teens" mobile app after hearing the story of a 15-year-old girl who experienced cyberbullying and ultimately died by suicide.

The app puts children in touch with a team of youngsters, including Rahman, who then liaise with local police and social workers to help teens too scared or embarrassed to report acts of cyberbullying and cybercrime.

The app also gives helpful tips about online behavior.

The award is accompanied by a fund of €100,000 ($118,225), which is invested in projects that are closely linked to the winner's work.

Rahman said he plans to use the money to further develop the app across Bangladesh "and hopefully to serve as a model for the rest of the world."

   
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