New channels of prosecution and an app for children to report online crime were discussed this week by Dubai police.
During the seminar held by the Juvenile Association in Dubai on Sunday, experts highlighted the online dangers for children, and police experts noted that many parents are unaware of what their children are doing with their devices.
The seminar aimed to tackle the risks and dangers for children online and highlighted that many websites were promoting dangerous and negative behaviours.
Experts at the meeting called for the establishment of new specialised units, prosecution procedures and even courts to tackle the online crimes affecting children.
Prosecutor-General Mohammad Ali Rustom, head of the Family and Juveniles Prosecution, told the group, "we need a specialised prosecution, court and even police for children cases. The world is changing so fast that we need to be ready for the new trendy crimes."
Speaking to Gulf News, the Al Ameen Service, noted that they were aware of 450 blackmail cases this year alone, mostly via Snapchat and Instagram.
Yousuf Abdul Rahman from Al Ameen service said, “one of the issues, is students hacking accounts of their colleagues and blackmailing them for money and inappropriate matters. They manage to get passwords of the account and blackmail the victim.”
“Parents must educate their children not to open their accounts on their friends’ devices or in front of them. People should protect the user name and password for their account to avoid falling in troubles.”