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The famed children and young adult-fiction writer and professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Dr Muhammed Zafar Iqbal spoke about the impact of social media sites on students at a session titled ‘Children’s Digital World’. “Students are trapped in the maze of social media including Facebook and this is killing much of the valuable time of students”, he said.

The session was held on day 3 of Digital World 2017 on December 8 at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC).

Professor Iqbal said, “Social media sites should be held responsible for wasting the time of students and hindering the intellectual development of children”.

He told the students and attendants of the program that people should definitely use technology but they should also make sure that technology does not use them.

The professor spoke about programming saying that programming is quite an interesting filed. He also stressed on the importance of reading. “You need to read more and more books. If your parents don’t allow this, read them with torch in hand at night,” he said.

“Parents always want good results from children. It is not hard. If you study little but well, you will achieve good results. But be enthusiastic in reading books for increasing your knowledge,” Dr Iqbal said.

Session also had different segments where students from the audience took part to speak and share their thoughts on technology. Two students from Sunbeams School attended as panelists. They shared their experience on coding to audience.

Coming to the podium, a class five student Nasheetah Zainah Rahman said, “I used to play games in my computer. One day, I asked my mother for a shooting game where Cinderella would appear as a gaming character. I thought my mother might forget the thing or she couldn’t understand this. Surprisingly, some days later, my mother made the game and informed me that she made this game through coding. I felt interested on coding and started learning coding from then”.

Attending as a panelist Anuva Chowdhury of class six said, “Once I saw some kids at school learning programming using a software named “Scratch”. I felt very interested and decided that I will learn programming properly”.

Another segment of the program titled ‘Hour of Coding’ was conducted by Dimik Computer CEO Tahmid Ahmed Rafi. He showed talked about coding and showed slides on the screen to teach simple coding tricks to the students.

The State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak joined the session at one point and participated in the discussion. The minister took selfie by drone with some of the children.

Zafar Iqbal and Zunaid Ahmed Palak gave awards to some of the participating children. Lafifa Jamal, chairperson at Department of Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering of Dhaka University moderated the event. ■


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