Due to an increase in cybercrime activity among the population of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, particularly amongst students, the staff of the St. Joseph’s Convent Marriaqua chose to have a panel discussion on Tuesday, 18th April, 2017, to address issues surrounding cybercrime and the consequences associated with it.
The staff recognizes that as a people, we simply cannot decry the ‘shameful’ use of social media, but we also need to bring our students to an awareness of the consequences of such actions with the hope that they make more conscious decisions in this realm. It is hoped that this discussion would also serve to mobilize positive peer pressure as students would now be able to counsel their friends and family towards a more healthy use of social media.
The panel comprised of four competent presenters who focused on areas such as the legal aspect of the Cybercrime Act (Mrs. Rochelle Forde), the psycho/social impact (Dr. Jozelle Miller), the potential dangers lurking in the internet world (Mr. Caswallon Duncan) and the spiritual & moral implications (Rev. Adolf Davis). These experts also ably addressed students questions and concerns and clarified issues pertaining to the topic.
At the end of the panel discussion, the staff and student body raised to pray the 'self affirmation prayer' as an indication of embracing positive change following the advice given by the panelists.