As a part of its awareness programs, the Law Respect Culture Bureau, the General Directorate of Community Protection and Crime Prevention at the Ministry of Interior, organized lectures for more than 1100 students from Al Mawahib, Al Shawamekh and Al Shahama schools in Abu Dhabi.

In his address to students, Captain Hamdan Suhail Al Hafiti, Chief of the Community Education Section at the Law Respect Culture Bureau, gave an overview of the progressive patriotism, active citizenship, and national duties. He discussed with students the notions of loyalty and belonging to the country. Moreover, Captain Al Hafiti stressed the need to instill good manners and genuine social values in people’s spirits; promote positive values and behaviors; reinforce national pride; and consolidate the sense of belonging to the country and loyalty to the leaders.

Captain Al Hafiti emphasized the importance of boosting communication between the school and families to achieve the ultimate goal of improving students’ behavior, which would reflect positively on their educational attainment. He also cited the valuable role played by the different media in achieving active cooperation and enhancing family awareness amongst all segments of society, especially children, about the potential challenges and dangers they may face.

First Lieutenant Juma’a Al Hosani from the Law Respect Culture Bureau tackled the optimal ways to use and benefit from social media and avoid legal mistakes and negative behaviors. He also referred to various laws and regulations enacted by the United Arab Emirates to protect internet users and deter whoever dares to exploit the students’ need of the internet as a source of information.

In conclusion, First Lieutenant Al Hosani explained the legal position adopted by the Emirati legislations regarding negative behaviors and mistakes committed by students on social media. He highlighted the penalties set out for crimes involving young people because of their ignorance of the laws, or of the ethics of dealing with others; in addition to the most important crimes and penalties set forth in the Cyber Crimes Law.

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