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Al Bloushi Council Recommends Addressing the Misuse and Negative Effects of Social Media

Organized by the Ministry of Interior in Al Ain

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Saturday, January 31st 2015 [ME NewsWire]

During the Ministry of Interior’s council hosted by Mohammed Ahmed Al Bloushi on Friday in Al Ain, attendees recommended reinforcing institutional and community efforts to address the misuse of social media.   Participants at the council called for appropriate solutions to avoid misuse and abuse of social media especially by the youth. They also stressed the need to introduce stiffer penalties for using mobile phones while driving, in order to reduce traffic accidents.   The Council called for organizing educational programs to educate students on the optimal use of modern technologies, along with media campaigns to acquaint parents with the risks of social media misuse.   Mohammed Ahmed Al Mahmoud Al Bloushi, host of the council, lauded the efforts of the Ministry of Interior, represented by the Law Respect Culture Bureau, and its leading role in analyzing and addressing the various negative phenomena in society, in a bid to achieve the highest levels of security, safety, and social stability.

For his part, Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Salah Obeid Al Ghoul, Director of Law Respect Culture Bureau at the Minister of Interior tackled the awareness councils’ initiatives launched by the ministry. “These councils aim at strengthening relations with community members and discuss a variety of social issues of national, service, and police specificity,” he said.

The council, held under the theme “The impact of social media on youth”, was moderated by media figure Mohammed Ghanem Mustafa (of Ras Al Khaimah Radio). It tackled a number of topics, which called for further action to promote awareness on the proper use of modern communication technologies and social media.

Colonel Obeid Al Zaabi (from the Public Relations Department at the Ministry of Interior) highlighted the advantages of modern means of communication. “They increase interaction between members of society and facilitate access to information in different fields and disciplines of life,” he said. For his part, Abdullah bin Ramdoun, Family Counselor, indicated that parents are now learning from their tech-savvy children, due to the widespread use of advanced technology and media programs in society.

On the same note, Ahmed Ali Al Bloushi, (Head of the Cooperation Council Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), underlined the importance of developing appropriate solutions in order to avoid the misuse and abuse of modern means of communication. “The negative and wrongful use of these means yield adverse implications and negative consequences on young people,” he said. Rashid Al Bloushi (CEO of the Abu Dhabi Securities Market) called for concerted efforts between government and private authorities and various community groups to avoid the risks and impact of social media on our children.

Colonel Hamad Nasser Al Bloushi, Head of the Peripheral Regions Traffic Department at the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police, tackled the growing problem of driver distraction that leads to traffic accidents, caused by people using social media while driving, as they fail to pay attention to road surprises.

Sultan Mohammed Al Mahmoud (Executive Director of Strategic Development at the Tourism Development and Investment Company TDIC) reiterated the need to raise awareness among parents about the dangerous and negative impacts of social media misuse. For his part, Colonel Taleb Al Bloushi (from the Naturalization, Residency and Ports Affairs Department at the Ministry of Interior), noted that the organizing bodies constantly endeavor to raise awareness among community members of the risks of social media misuse. “Different segments of society are now much more aware of these risks, which contributes to reducing their severity and adverse effects,” he said.

Towards the end of the Council, Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Salah Obeid Al Ghoul, Director of Law Respect Culture Bureau at the Minister of Interior honored the host of the Council, Mohammed Ahmed Al Mahmoud Al Bloushi and handed him a certificate of appreciation and a commemorative shield.

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The Arabic-language text of this announcement is the official, authoritative version. Translations are provided as an accommodation only, and should be cross-referenced with the Arabic-language text, which is the only version of the text intended to have legal effect.


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