More protection against online abuse sought
Manama, April 17, 2012
The problem of youngsters falling prey to several kinds of online abuse is not native to Bahrain, but it has spread worldwide, and more needs to be done to protect children from the dangers of the Internet, said an expert.
Bahrain Internet Society board member Ali Almeshal added that while law-enforcement agencies were doing their bit, the community needed to take collective efforts to root out the problem.
'This is why the events during the week are being held on the theme, Safer Internet for Children,' the expert said during a Press conference at the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Sanabis to announce the start of the Gulf Internet Week tomorrow.
The event, which will be opened by Industry and Commerce Minister Dr Hassan Fakhro at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence and Spa, is being held under the minister's patronage and organised by the Bahrain Internet Society in collaboration with the Bahrain ICT Suppliers Trade Association (BISTA).
The celebrations are being held to mark World Internet Day, the main aim of which is to solve issues and problems communities face in the face of widespread use of modern technology.
Almeshal emphasised the role the community could play in supporting programmes to create awareness for parents to provide the safest way for their children to use the Internet, without hindering the benefits which they get from its use.
'There has to be constant collaboration and communication between civil organisations as well as the private and public sector to support campaigns that promote awareness and education,' he said.
The official said the event would open with a seminar entitled Children Safety Online that would focus on spreading awareness among residents and citizens about safety measures to adopt when their children are using the Internet.
Ministry e-Commerce and information technology director Zuhair Al Bahrani said there would be special events at Bahrain City Centre on Thursday and Friday, where mall visitors would have the chance to become aware of its programmes and policies in child protection issues.
'There will also be daily competitions organised in schools across Bahrain to make children and teachers aware of the steps they should take.'
BISTA board member Ahmed Al Hujairy said informing families of the dangers online to protect children from its threats was not an individual task, but that of institutions, including those in the private sector.
'These awareness campaigns are extremely important and should be very comprehensive in addition to being integrated in school's curriculum,' he said. – TradeArabia News Service