‘Tech-savvy parents needed to fight cyber-crimes’

National 1 minute, 44 seconds

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

PARENTS’ poor knowledge in using the Internet is a barrier in combating cyber-crimes, a deputy public prosecutor said.

Dk Didi Nuraza Pg Hj Latiff said parents need to be more “tech-savvy” in monitoring their children’s online activities.

“Parents are not so sure of these things (social media and Internet), so they should really be more aware of it,” she said on the sidelines of a talk on cyber-crimes to students.

She said parents play a vital role in protecting their children from falling prey to cyber-crime perpetrators, especially with the prevalence of social media use.

Parents should not overlook the responsibility of regularly monitoring their children's activities on social media, she said.

“Parents need to keep up-to-date in how to use the Internet and they should monitor who their children are interacting with on the Internet.

“Most of the time students are actually at home so their opportunity in accessing the Internet is there,” she continued.

She went on to say that cyber-crime cases are on the rise in Brunei with the most common being the spreading of obscene materials as the Internet is readily accessible.

Giving an example, she said a 13-year-old girl had given her consent to sexual intercourse with a 22-year-old man whom she met online.

She said his was not rape per se as she gave her consent, but was categorised as statutory rape as she was under the age of 14.

She went on to say that “rarely are guys the victim” as it is mostly the girls who fall victim to cybercrimes.

Dk Didi added that teachers also need to play their role in raising awareness about the dangers of social networking with strangers.

About 280 Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Secondary School students attended the talk at their school yesterday.

The talk was part of the Attorney General’s Chambers’ (AGC) efforts to spread awareness on cybercrimes to youth.

Other types of cyber-crimes that were discussed included cyber-bullying, spreading WhatsApp messages that have not been verified and international drug syndicates that recruit drug mules via social media.

The Brunei Times