Students March Against Cyber-bulling
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.