Ensuring Safe Cyberspace for Children: An Analysis of The Legal Implications of Social Media Usage in Malaysia and Singapore

Authors

  • Md. Zahidul Islam IIUM
  • Sonny Zulhuda IIUM
  • Nor Hafizah Mohd Badrol Afandi IIUM
  • Mohamed Affan Shafy IIUM

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.31436/iiumlj.v28i(S1).591

Keywords:

safe cyberspace, social media, children, Malaysia and Singapore, laws of internet

Abstract

Easy accessibility of electronic devices connected to the internet and the widespread usage of the internet in every aspect of modern lives have made the use of social media an indispensable part of society. These technologically driven and completely-internet dependence means of living have brought detrimental implications as much as they have benefited lives. Each day more and more children are introduced to the internet and its benefits, either at home as a means of entertainment, or at school as a means of education. However, these opportunities provide avenues for the children to explore the ever-expanding vastness of the internet, leading to exposure of indecent materials, and accessing and participating in websites not meant for the usage by underage children. The glorification of social media websites through targeted advertisements and peer pressure adds to the already worsening crises of social media abuse through unlawful means. This article examines the protective measures taken by the authorities in Malaysia and Singapore to protect children in these two countries from the internet and social media related issues. The data is acquired doctrinally from library sources and the finding of this article could be extended to other areas of protecting young children from the harms of the internet.

Author Biographies

Md. Zahidul Islam, IIUM

Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Law, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia.

Sonny Zulhuda, IIUM

Associate Professor at the Department of Civil Law, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia.

Nor Hafizah Mohd Badrol Afandi, IIUM

Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Law, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia.

Mohamed Affan Shafy, IIUM

Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Civil Law, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia.

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Published

2020-10-28

How to Cite

Md. Zahidul Islam, Sonny Zulhuda, Mohd Badrol Afandi, N. H. ., & Mohamed Affan Shafy. (2020). Ensuring Safe Cyberspace for Children: An Analysis of The Legal Implications of Social Media Usage in Malaysia and Singapore. IIUM Law Journal, 28((S1), 495–413. https://doi.org/10.31436/iiumlj.v28i(S1).591