Stu­dents March Against Cy­ber-bulling

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

On Tues­day April 28 stu­dents of the Gros Islet Sec­ondary School held a march through the com­mu­nity as part of a sen­si­ti­za­tion drive against cy­ber-bul­ly­ing. The stu­dents are part of the RBC Young Lead­ers pro­gramme.

Ac­cord­ing to a teacher at the school, this year the stu­dents were chal­lenged to work with the gen­eral theme of “Dig­i­tal Cit­i­zen­ship - Re­spon- sibly Nav­i­gat­ing Tech­nol­ogy.” “So we de­cided to fo­cus on cy­ber-bul­ly­ing, par­tic­u­larly in light of gov­ern­ment’s drive to pro­vide lap­tops to stu­dents and the in­creas­ing ac­cess young per­sons have to the In­ter­net and smartphones,” the teacher says.

As part of their Young Lead­ers project the stu­dents have also pro­duced key-rings and arm bands as well as a public ser­vice an­nounce­ment on the sub­ject. They have also pre­pared a num­ber of posters to be dis­trib­uted to schools and through­out the com­mu­nity.

Cy­ber-bul­ly­ing is the use of the In­ter­net to re­peat­edly harm or ha­rass other peo­ple in a de­lib­er­ate man­ner. It can in­volve post­ing ru­mours or neg­a­tive pic­tures about some­one with the in­ten­tion of sul­ly­ing their rep­u­ta­tion. With the in­crease in use of th­ese tech­nolo­gies, cy­ber-bul­ly­ing has be­come in­creas­ingly com­mon, es­pe­cially among teenagers world­wide. Here in Saint Lu­cia a num­ber of young per­sons have, in re­cent times, been vic­tims of cy­ber-bul­ly­ing and have also been lured by on­line preda­tors.

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