SOCIAL media usage presents itself as a double-edged sword – while it brings about a lot of benefits such as better communication and accessibility to information, it also has its risks and dangers.
This was the message put across by officers from the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) to the students of Awang Semaun Secondary School at their inaugural lecture to begin the second year of the Attorney General’s Chambers awareness programme on “Cybercrime and the Risks and Dangers of Social Media”.
The talk delivered by DPP Christopher Ng, DPP Haji Mohd Raafe’ bin Haji Ibrahim and DPP Dk Hazirah Pg Yusof, stressed that negative acts such as cyber-bullying and online extortion schemes continued to be a growing concern in cyberspace and that it needed to be eradicated.
The prosecutors also briefed the students regarding a number of cases that have been prosecuted in Brunei Darussalam whereby individuals have been imprisoned and fined for activities such as spreading pornographic material online and defamation.
The speakers also touched on the need to exercise caution when posting and forwarding statements and messages, especially when the validity of the information has not been verified.
Students were also reminded to refrain from posting anything online that attacks other races or religions as actions can be taken against them under the laws of Brunei Darussalam.
The students consisting of students from Years 7 to 11 were also briefed about the prevalence of international drug syndicates that prey on the young and vulnerable.
Following the talk, a question and answer session was held.
The Attorney General’s Chambers Cybercrime Awareness Programme has now been delivered to 14 schools across the nation.
The Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers invites interested schools and educational institutions to contact the AGC if they are interested in holding such talks in the future.
Requests for such talks should be addressed to the Criminal Justice Division, Attorney General’s Chambers, the Law and Courts Building, Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha, Bandar Seri Begawan.