Tuesday 23 April, 2019

CCB to roll out cyber-bullying program in schools

Students who attended the Child Care Board's Child Month church service.

Students who attended the Child Care Board's Child Month church service.

The negative effects of social media on school children has not gone unnoticed by authorities tasked with their protection. As part of the activities for Child Month 2017, the Child Care board (CBB) has planned a series of cyber-bullying workshop and seminars targeted to students in Class 4 and those who just started secondary school.

Speaking to Loop News on the sidelines of a church service, Director of the CBB, Joan Crawford said they have agreed to six workshops for the first phase and will be rolled out in schools in the northern and southern parts of the island for the month of May. 

Crawford said the CBB is especially concerned about how students are using technology to emotionally abuse others. She also said another area of concern is the frequency of fights among students being shown on social media.

“That transition when you go into secondary school, we felt that we needed to look at that. And to also look at the cyber abuse, that emotional bullying that sometimes comes from persons going on the websites and the snapchats and making those statements about other children and displaying fights about that sort of things.”

She said the workshops will help students find positive ways to use social media and the goal is to have the workshops in all schools across the island.

“This is to assist them in navigating the social media and helping them to understand the implications of using technology. We’re going to take a percentage of every school. The first six workshops we will take about 100 to 150 students from each school then we will go around until we cover everybody. ”

Crawford also said the CBB will also be hosting a workshop with the media about child abuse and proper reporting practices as part of the activities for the month.

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