Young children slowly becoming victims of cyber bullying—cops

The Cyber Crime Unit of the Police Service is waiting with bated breath for the passing and proclamation of the Cybercrime Bill 2017 as it will assist directly in its respective investigations.

This was yesterday disclosed by Sgt Daniel Hernandez of the Cyber Crime Unit during the weekly police press briefing held at the Police Administration Building, in Port-of-Spain.

Hernandez said that as for now they are “a bit challenged” as they have to rely on other pieces of legislation.

He explained that the unit was given the opportunity to assist in the drafting of the Bill and added that some offences which fall under their purview will be directly addressed should the Bill become law.

As he addressed the issue of cyber bullying, Hernandez said it is becoming more prevalent among the youth as they use social media as platforms to continue bullying beyond the classroom and school yard.

He added the “young ones” are “slowly becoming victims of using social media without the specific knowledge.”

He, however, noted that in order for the unit to investigate a case of cyber bullying a report must be made and it must also be founded that it is a wilful and repeated act that’s inflicted through the use of computers, cellphones and other electronic devices.

“The behaviour has to be deliberate. Bullying reflects a pattern of behaviour and the target must perceive that harm was inflicted,” Hernandez said.

He disclosed that in 2015, the Unit received 25 reports, 17 of which were solved. He added that reports increased from then to now but was unable to provide statistics as officers were still tabulating.

Hernandez, however, made it known that cyber bullying will be taken seriously and urged parents and teachers to be observant to such cases.

The Cybercrime Bill 2017 was introduced in the House of Representatives by the Attorney General, Faris Al-Rawi on May 6 2017.

The purpose of the Cybercrime Bill, 2017 is to provide for the creation of offences related to cyber crime and for other related matters in T&T and if passed would repeal the Computer Misuse Act 2000.

Source: www.guardian.co.tt (Rhondor Dowlat)

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