WATCH: New Campaign Sheds Light on the Harsh Reality of Cyber-Bullying Among Children and Teenagers

 

Tech.MT has recently launched a campaign, to raise awareness about the harsh reality of cyberbullying among teenagers, and how help is available through the Be Smart Online project. But before you press play on the video below, here is some context: 45% of children between the ages of 9 and 16, say that they have experienced cyberbullying!

Ira Losco, Tamara Webb and X Factor’s Michela read some of the harsh comments which teenagers receive on a daily basis. The three local celebrities read out messages received by Daniela aged 14; Rebecca, also aged 14; Matthew, aged 13; a 12-year old boy; Michael, aged 14; and teenagers aged 16 or older.

 

Cyberbullying

For a generation that relies heavily on technology in education as well as social platforms, the negative consequences of anonymous interactions on the internet and through mobile phones are leaving their mark.Putting other people down doesn’t make you a bigger person. If you or your loved ones are experiencing cyberbullying, help is available through our BeSmartOnline project. It’s time to get real about the virtual world!Tamara Webb Michela Ira LoscoBeSmartOnline| Ekonomija Diġitali| Foundation for Social Welfare Services| | Commissioner for Children, Malta | The Malta Police Force | #besmartonline #technology #onlinesafety #digitalwellbeing #techhabits #digitalhealth #cyberbullying #breakthesilence #cybersafety

Publiée par Tech.mt sur Mercredi 23 septembre 2020

 

“It’s really bad getting these comments, and it’s almost worse sending them,” a broken down Tamara Webb says.

Tech.MT says that for a generation that relies heavily on technology in education as well as social platforms, the negative consequences of anonymous interactions on the internet and through mobile phones are leaving their mark.

 

 

“Then we wonder why a lot of kids unfortunately, at this age, harm themselves or end up committing suicide,” Michela said, while reading this comments which vary from body-and-sexuality shaming, and even death threats.

Tamara Webb said that she has never received such messages, and she lives on social media. She said that young children today have become worse than she ever remembers them.

 

 

“Unfortunately, on social media, it’s like a carte blanche, in that, the fact that you can’t see them physically means they think they can say what they want to others,” Ira Losco says, adding that unfortunately the internet has brought with is the fact that you can hide behind a screen and write whatever you want.

“They are satisfied by bringing someone else down, so that they can feel better about themselves, or because they’re cruel,” she says.

 

 

The video ends with a heartfelt message from Tamara who, like anyone else in the public eye, has been on the receiving end of similar messages.

“Believe in yourself, so you break them, instead of them breaking you”

Tech.MT states on their social media page that “putting other people down doesn’t make you a bigger person. If you or your loved ones are experiencing cyberbullying, help is available through our BeSmartOnline project. It’s time to get real about the virtual world!”

Find out more at saferinternet.mt, besmartonline.org.mt or simply call 179!

 

 

 

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