Participants in the Ministry of Interior’s Council hosted by UAE national Saeed Mohammed Khalaf Al Rumaithi at his residence in Al Ain under the theme “The Risks of Internet Use on the Youths’ Thought,” recommended including a topic on the risks of Internet use in school curricula, so as to raise awareness of young people. Moreover, they stressed the need to develop awareness-raising programs through the various media channels to provide solutions and proposals to combat the risks of the Internet.

The council is part of the awareness councils organized by the Law Respect Culture Bureau, in cooperation with the Security Media Department at the General Secretariat of the Office of H.H Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. The council was moderated by media figure Ali Salem Al Shamesi.

In his address on this occasion, Colonel Dr. Jasim Al Antali, Professor of Criminal Law at the Police College, pointed out that the United Arab Emirates has become a leading model and achieved a quantum leap in the field of E-government services.

Additionally, Colonel Al Antali noted that protecting children from the dangers of using the Internet is an integrated family and social responsibility. “We should not underestimate the valuable role played by the family and school in protecting the youth and raising their awareness,” he underlined.

Participants in the Council indicated that the Internet is a double-edged sword. It is an important tool that offers many positive benefits in terms of science, culture, research and studies, but has many dangers and harmful effects. Furthermore, they urged parents to supervise their children’s internet use, by monitoring the programs and media viewed, as well as their interaction with others via social networks. Council participants also called for using dialogue to open discussions with children and increasing children’s confidence both in themselves and in their families.

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