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‘Children have the right to privacy in accordance with public morals’

Parents urged to hold accountable those who exploit them

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 16: “In accordance with the law establishing it, which states that it “acts on behalf of society in defending its causes,” the Public Prosecution speaks of the danger posed by the social networking sites and threats to the society through the exploitation of children under 13, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The Juveniles Prosecution in the explanatory memo, a copy of which has been obtained by the daily, talks about the prevention of children to use these sites and punish their parents with imprisonment and a fine if negligence is proved in our conservative society.

According to the law because of this technological revolution “we face attempts to penetrate the values and constants through temptations. The Public Prosecution stressed that we must as government institutions avoid the negative effects of this technological revolution, protect a child from extraneous behavior and all that affect the children and young people”.

The Prosecution also warned parents not to contribute to exposing their children or exploiting them through these means, and to hold accountable those who exploit them and violate their rights.

The Prosecutor asked in the explanatory note if despite the positives of communication sites, “is it safe for our children?” The prosecution pointed out that a child has a right to privacy in accordance with public order and public morals, taking into account the rights and responsibilities of his/her caretaker.

Therefore, a majority should not be allowed to know much about his life or use it as a material for review because it is harmful and may affect the child now or later when he or she grows up, because uploading a picture or video of a child may have a lasting influence on his reputation and his life forever.

The prosecutor pointed out that what is known as “the children of social networking celebrities” deliberately behave in ways that show them bolder than they actually are, in the hope of gaining more fame. The prosecutor pointed out that this cost many of them the privacy of their childish period, and lose their spontaneity, as well as the loss of a sense of responsibility towards their own, which deprives them to live their childhood stages in the way they wish and poses a psychological burden on them and may adversely affect their educational achievement, and fame may expose them to criticism and insult and abuse by observers at the age of early.

The prosecution referred to many provisions of the Child Rights Act and pointed out that Article 23 of the law stipulates that “If the juvenile is caught in a case of delinquency, the juvenile prosecution shall, on its own initiative or at the request of the Juvenile Welfare Committee may warn the concerned party. “This warning may be appealed before the Juvenile Court within 15 days from the date of its receipt. In the consideration of this objection, the appeal shall be followed by the procedures prescribed to challenge the penal orders, and the judgment is not subject to appeal.”

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