UAE Cybercrime Law: Dh500k fine, jail

About 40 to 50 per cent of culprits already booked: Police. (File)

An awareness lecture for mothers held in Al Shamekha area highlighted the importance of respecting laws and educating children about legal systems from a young age. 

Milan Sharif, legal researcher from Law Respect Culture Bureau, explained the concept of law respect culture and its role in creating a social culture that emphasizes the importance and necessity of respecting the laws – which should be fostered though childhood. Such a culture can be cultivated by focusing on the role of the family, instilling moral values, and educating children about the legal systems from a young age. 

She explained the legal stance adopted by the legislature of the UAE regarding some of the behaviours that could stem from committing such errors. 

Sharif reviewed the set laws and punishments for many of the offenses that have involved young people due to their ignorance of the laws and the proper ways to treat others, including the most important offenses that are contained in the Cybercrimes Law. “Financial sanctions against the perpetrators of crimes can reach up to Dh500,000 in cases of insult or defamation, and can range between Dh150,000 and Dh500,000 for crimes related to publishing unauthorised pictures of others on social media. As punishable by law, the violator may also be subject to imprisonment,” she added. 

The lecture was organised by Law Respect Culture Bureau at General Secretariat of the Office of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior in coordination with the Community Service Center of the Community Police Department at Abu Dhabi Police 

Sharif said: “The educational process should elevate the concept of innate care to that of mental and psychological care in order to be commensurate with the risks that children are exposed to today.  Technology carries risks that pose a greater threat to children that are not addressed in methods of conventional upbringing. We are living in an age where children sit in their room alone, where there is a possibility of them being exposed to all types of crimes or various forms of exploitation through mobile phones and iPads.” 

Mistakes parents commit in raising their children, Sharif said, include excessive cruelty to over-spoiling their children. This may result in major behavioural problems that could affect a child’s personality and future educational and social capabilities. Problematic behaviour could take the form of violence, delinquency, subservience or weakness, and other associated behaviors that would cause the child to be susceptible to becoming a perpetrator of victim of a crime. 

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