‘80pc col­lege stu­dents vic­tims’

New Straits Times - - News -

GE­ORGE TOWN: Eight out of 10 stu­dents at a pri­vate col­lege here have ad­mit­ted to be­ing a vic­tim of cyberbullying.

A col­lege spokesman told the New Straits Times that the stu­dents were sub­jected to pub­lic sham­ing, sex­ual ha­rass­ment and peer pres­sure with some vic­tims be­com­ing sui­ci­dal.

The spokesman said the mat­ter came to light when the col­lege no­ticed their stu­dents be­com­ing in­tro­vert.

“We in­ter­vened and found out that they were vic­tims of cy­ber­bul­lies.

“The cyberbullying started when the vic­tims were still in school.”

Con­cur­ring with the spoke­man, At­las City Col­lege gen­eral man­ager Tariq Madar­sha said the col­lege man­age­ment, too, no­ticed a change in its stu­dents’ be­hav­iour.

“Our stu­dents with­drew them­selves from so­ci­ety, be­came reclu­sive in their own imag­i­nary cy­ber­world.

“At times, vic­tims were even drawn to­wards the neg­a­tive el­e­ments out of sheer cu­rios­ity.

“More of­ten than not, we come across stu­dents who can’t iden­tify what their am­bi­tions are.”

He said cyberbullying had be­come worse, given the af­ford­abil­ity of tech­nolo­gies to­day.

Tariq said this at the Psy­choso­cial Skills Em­pow­er­ment Sem­i­nar at the col­lege here yes­ter­day.

The event, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween At­las City Col­lege and Pe­nang Education De­part­ment, was aimed at em­pow­er­ing school and col­lege coun­sel­lors in han­dling cyberbullying.

De­scrib­ing cyberbullying as a si­lent en­emy of the coun­try’s prized as­sets, our stu­dents, Pe­nang Education De­part­ment coun­selling as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Mohd Zakaria Zain said the Education Min­istry was con­stantly mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

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