Look­ing Back

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - OPINION -

IN WEEK­END Post of May 12 2012, the ar­ti­cle head­lined “Cy­ber bul­ly­ing scourge” read: Cy­ber bul­ly­ing is ram­pant at Eastern Cape schools with pupils openly abus­ing cell­phones and so­cial me­dia to tor­ment their peers – some of whom are be­ing treated for de­pres­sion as a re­sult.

Pupils spo­ken to this week said cy­ber bul­ly­ing had be­come so ruth­less that the face­less bul­lies were even draw­ing “in­spi­ra­tion” from vi­o­lent so­cial me­dia videos like the no­to­ri­ous vi­ral video of a men­tally-ill girl be­ing gan­graped in Jo­han­nes­burg.

Psy­chol­o­gists say the level of cy­ber bul­ly­ing at schools is now crit­i­cal. Pupils in­ter­viewed said it was im­por­tant ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­i­ties and par­ents were made aware of how se­ri­ous cell­phone bul­ly­ing had be­come.

“Par­ents don’t have a clue how bad this sit­u­a­tion is . . .”

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