| Ishan Ibrahim |
THE Cyber Security Awareness Week 2014 continued into its second day at the Rizqun International Hotel with a seminar specifically geared towards parents on the risks faced by children who spend their time on the Internet.
The event commenced with an opening remark from the Deputy Chief Executive of the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), Hj Jailani bin Hj Buntar.
In his address, Awg Hj Jailani stressed the need for parents to keep a close watch on their childrens’ online activities and to pay attention to what websites they visit as well as taking heed of any changes in their behaviour.
Children need to be told to keep their personal information private and respect each other while online, he said.
He also urged parents to increase their online security by utilising anti-viruses in their childrens’ computers and mobile phones and to act as administrators for their home computers.
Children also need to be taught the basics and importance of online security such as keeping their passwords secret, he added. It is common knowledge that social networking is one of the favourite online pastimes for teenagers in Brunei Darussalam and therefore, parents need to provide guidance to them in using these sites safely and not to reveal too much information.
Hj Jailani also urged parents to explain to their children the importance of reporting instances of cyberbullying, which in turn must be reported to the relevant authorities.
The rest of the seminar involved talks from invited speakers including Assistant Superintendent Mariyani bte Abd Wahab from the Women and Children Abuse Investigation Unit of the Royal Brunei Police Force as well as speakers from the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore and the Counselling Unit of the Ministry of Education.