Spring Dales holds seminar to apprise students of the ill-effects of Cyber bullying
With live examples quoted for their benefit and understanding, the students of Spring Dale Senior School came face-to-face with the ugly after effects of cyber bullying, which has an adverse impact on both the victim and the bully, during a seminar held on the issue. Terming cyber bullying as a menace that is ailing the techno-savvy generation of youngsters nowadays, Ms Meenakshi Soi, Psychiatrist and Counselor, Spring Dale Senior School, urged the staff and students to stand up against it and denounce it boldly to put an end to it
Ms Soi said that besides spreading hate, cyber bullying also results in low self esteem, depression and suicidal tendencies among the victims. “Nasty comments made online go viral within a matter of a few seconds and have mortifying impact on the victim by evoking equally spiteful comments from online contacts,” she said.
She, however, maintained that it was up to the victims to show some courage and turn tables on cyber bullies by blocking them and reporting them to their elders and teachers. She added that though cyber bullies usually remained anonymous or used fake ids online, they could still be traced, caught and penalized with the help of cyber experts through their IP address.
“There are cyber laws protecting the rights of people using social networking sites. Instead of allowing themselves to be bullied people should resort to these and get the bullies punished,” she said. The students were also urged to abstain from posting offensive material online considering the negative impact that such an activity can have on the psyche of a child.
Mr Rajiv Kumar Sharma, Principal, Spring Dale Senior School, said that as a lot of students of the school aged around 11 years and above were involved in social networking it had become essential to educate them about the issue and how to avoid getting bullied online. “The need of the hour is to educate students about various cyber laws so as to protect them from being bullied besides ensuring that they themselves do not bully anyone,” he said.
Dr Kirat Sandhu Cheema, Director, Spring Dale Senior School, and Mr Sahiljit Singh Sandhu, Managing Trustee, Spring Dale Educational Society, said that given the increasing proclivity for social networking among people of all ages, it had become absolutely necessary to apprise people, especially students, of the negative effects of the same as well.
“If social networking can help people stay in touch with relatives, friends and other contacts, it can also cause jealousy in the hearts of most people causing them to turn cyber bullies and harass their victims. Being well-versed with the pros and cons of social networking and laws governing the same can go a long way in curbing the unpleasantness that results from such acts,” they said.
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