ICDL urges social media caution for GCC youth

Regional surge in Web usage demands sensible monitoring of vulnerable users

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ICDL urges social media caution for GCC youth Ezzo: We must remember that… social media can be abused and exploited by people with malicious intent.
By  Stephen McBride Published  May 27, 2013

The International Computer Driving License (ICDL) GCC Foundation today urged caution among Gulf citizens in sharing personal information online.

Within less than two decades, social media has revolutionised the way people interact with one another and ICDL GCC, an organisation that promotes digital skills and cyber safety across the Gulf region, believes that while the technology is here to stay, users must exercise sound security practices to protect against the growing tide of cyber threats.

Jamil Ezzo, director general, ICDL GCC, said the need to address online safety in using social networking is particularly significant in the Gulf where smartphone and Internet penetration rates are high, and children have access to mobile devices.

"Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn and Tumblr are social media tools that have now become household names and their influence as a communication channel continues to increase," said Ezzo.

"In the Middle East and North Africa, we recently saw how social networking sites can bridge the communication gap. However, we must remember that despite being effective vehicles of social interaction, social media can also be abused and exploited by people with malicious intent."

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