Cabinet calls for collaboration to fight cyberbullying
The vice premier said yesterday that the government should put energy into the fight against inappropriate speech on the Internet that might lead to cyberbullying.
Vice Premier Chang Sancheng ( ) made the remarks yesterday, a week after a young entertainer took her own life and claimed in her suicide note that she was cyberbullied by netizens.
“As the Internet develops quickly, inappropriate remarks are made and that spawns cyberbullying. The government has to put more effort into changing the situation, through assistance from the public, strengthening website management, self-restriction by Internet service provider and educating the public on related issues,” said Chang.
“By collaboration between the government and the people, we will be able to gather the available resources and lessen cyberbullying.”
There are existing laws that the public may find useful when it comes to the fight against cyberbullying, said Chang. “The Crimial Code, the Protection of Children and Youth Welfare and Rights Act, and the Civil Code now include specific regulations on cyberbullying in them; the government will be able to integrate these laws to help people understand how they can protect themselves when using the Internet.
The National Communications Commission (NCC) has entrusted a civilian organization with establishing the “iWIN Internet Content Shield Organization,” or iWIN. The group takes public complaints of cases that have violated the Protection of Children and Youth Welfare and Rights Act, said Chang.
“We have asked the NCC to complete a blueprint with iWIN that would bolster the efficiency of the reporting system and broaden its services in the future, and which would also provide access to an online complaint system and a hotline,” said Chang.
Detailed regulations will be announced on iWIN in the future, as well as information about the legal procedures one should follow in order to act against cyberbullies; the public will be able to use the platform as a search engine.
Chang asked for the Ministry of Education to invite all educational institutes using the Taiwan Academic Network ( TANet) to understand how to manage the system and follow the Taiwan Academic Network Management Rules in the future.
As for the service providers, Chang suggested a discussion on signing an anti-cyberbullying agreement that would make service providers take a role in prohibiting abusive acts over the Internet.
Public and Students Educated
on Internet Manners
“As for education and the promotion of Internet manners in the future, we will be focusing on how to acquire Internet etiquette that respects not only yourself, but oth- ers as well. The public will also be educated on how they should react or ask for assistance when encountering cyberbullying themselves,” said Chang.
“The Education Ministry will be teaching students of different age groups the ethics of the Internet world, as well as the responsibilities one must shoulder when participating in cyberbullying ... all this will be designed into simple teaching materials that are easy for teachers to employ during class,” said Chang.