About 61.4 percent students in Bangladesh are using mobile phones with internet connection, suggests a recent research on media literacy among secondary school and madrasa students.
The research was unveiled yesterday at a roundtable presided by Nazar E Jilani, member of the trustee board of South Asia Centre for Media in Development (SACMID), at Bangla Motor in Dhaka.
A team led by Dr ASM Asaduzzaman, associate professor of mass communication and journalism at Dhaka University, conducted the research in association with SACMID.
School students made up 69.2 percent of respondents while 45.4 percent were madrasa students.
Of total respondents, some 82.5 percent with access to internet read and share news on social media, it said.
Only 12.4 percent of students with internet access trust online news publications, and 27.9 percent of them reevaluate news they see online, according to the researchers.
Dr Golam Rahman, former information commissioner of the government was present as chief guest at the event.
Lutfar Rahman, specialist of National Curriculum and Textbook Board; Murshid Akhter, head of Plan International Bangladesh; and Dr Jude William Genilo, chairperson of media studies and journalism department at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, were present.