Ladies and Gentlemen, Over the past decade we have seen a tremendous growth of internet within our society. Nowadays, we could see that children are embracing the cgat and technologies so well.
The internet has become an integral part of their daily lives. They use internet to research school papers, chatting with friends, sharing videos and photos, play interactive cnat, literally access the world.
Children are exposed to these inappropriate contents and are vulnerable to accept and engage themselves in similar activities. Ladies and Gentlemen, The recent publication on social networking statistics has shown that Brunei ranks No.
We stand at I believe these Facebook users would include children and young people at large. This new medium of social networking poses additional risks and threats to our children as their identities and privacies are being liable to be intruded in cyberspace.
Children are exposing themselves by posting their personal IDs, emotions, chwt and images on the social networking. All these information could be taken advantage by unscrupulous people who are targeting these young children.
This is a worrying trend and is indeed a rising concern amongst the parents and teachers. Online safety for children must be given a priority.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am happy to learn that today we have all the key stakeholders — the public and the private sectors, as well as the NGOs, indeed all who are involved in this issue — gathered in this forum phalawan discuss the adklt crucial issues in this decade — how to protect our children online. Most agree that protecting children requires multi-pronged approach with parental or adult supervision as the key component.
We also have a clear role to play. Ladies and Gentlemen, In the Ministry of Communications, we envision and strive towards creating a sophisticated society and excellence in communications for enhancing national competitiveness.
While ensuring that we have an equitable access to a highly developed ICT and robust infrastructure, we also need to build a secured and safe environment for our people to access to the cyberworld. I hope to see a strong collaboration between all the stakeholders involved today and come up with their own key initiatives, programs and measures to tackle the online risks for children and young people and protecting them from accessing risky contents as well engaging in negative online behaviour.
I wish you a fruitful and enjoyable stay here pahladan Brunei Darussalam.