MCPF: Keep register of students’ phones

Thursday July 19, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/19/nation/11685951&sec=nation

GEORGE TOWN: Teachers should keep a register of students’ handphone models and serial numbers as a precaution against theft, said Ma-laysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) vice-president Datuk Kamarudin Md Ali.

“By allowing students to bring handphones and IT gadgets to school from next year, there is bound to be theft, and keeping a register can be a precautionary step,” he told reporters after the launch of the Children and Crime programme at Universiti Sains Malaysia here yesterday.

State chief police officer Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Ayub Yaakob, who was also present, warned that the move could bring about problems because less privileged children might be tempted to have their own handphones.

“There are no lockers in schools so students will keep their things in their bags. This can lead to conflict and suspicion among students when a handphone goes missing.

Awareness campaign: DCP Ayub (left) and Kamarudin (right) interacting with the students who came for the launch of the Children and Crime programme.

“This is why there are many things we have to look into, such as drafting guidelines, before students should be allowed to bring handphones to school,” he said.

On another matter, Kamarudin, who was former Bukit Aman Management Department director, suggested that schools have guidelines, like those in Singapore, on Facebook usage for students aged 12 and below.

“You can use Facebook but it is important to know the dos and don’ts. It is better if there are guidelines,” he said.

Kamarudin said that students should be wary of potential kidnappers keeping track of their movements based on information published on Facebook.