AGC warns about dangers of cybercrime

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

IN AN ongoing bid to spread awareness on the dangerous implications of cybercrime, three deputy public prosecutors from the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers visited Seri Mulia Sarjana School yesterday to inform students on the risks and dangers of social media.

Deputy Public Prosecutors Karen Tan, Song Vuina and Aiman Adri Hj Ahmad Zakaria spoke to 100 students from Year 4 and 5 on a range of issues including the importance of the concept of “think before you post”, the risks of befriending strangers online and cyber bullying.

The officers also educated students on real-life cases where people have been prosecuted in Brunei for criminal offences such as online criminal intimidation and possession of obscene materials that were found and recorded on mobile phones.

In a phone interview, Deputy Senior Counsel and Deputy Public Prosecutor Christopher Ng said the response of schools has been good as more primary schools have been requesting for more cyber awareness talks.

He added that the Attorney General’s Chambers encourages primary schools that would like these talks to be held to contact its Criminal Justice Division.

Previously only focusing on educating students from secondary schools and higher educational institutions, the Attorney General’s Chambers has widened its target groups to include primary schools with the objective to educate students at an early age on the risks and dangers of social media and inform them on how to use the Internet and social media wisely and responsibly.

The talk was part of its pilot programme to raise awareness concerning cybercrime and the laws and legal system of the country. The programme started back in September 2013.

In the sultanate, there have been a number of cases that have cropped up involving social media. In particular, social media has been an outlet to disseminate obscene images in revenge such as when couples break up and aren’t happy with their ex.

The Brunei Times