Let’s unite to end cyberbullying, urges campaigners

Representatives of various organisations posing at the launching of the Penang Goes Orange campaign at KDU University College in Anson Road.

SOME 10,000 flyers meant to create awareness on cyber violence have been distributed in Penang.

State Family and Community Development Committee chairman Chong Eng said she was grateful for the efforts put in by assemblymen and constituency coordinators in spreading the message.

“We believe this initiative will be effective in preventing cyber violence as we are reaching out to those on the ground.

“We have also used social media to reach out to children and young adults,” she said in her speech at the launch of the Penang Goes Orange (PGO) 2016 campaign at KDU University College in Anson Road recently.

The campaign initiated by the state Women, Family and Community Development Committee and the Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC) since 2014 represents the state’s commitment to eliminate violence against women.

Themed ‘Stop Cyber Violence’ this year, the campaign runs from Nov 25 to Dec 10 every year.

Chong Eng said many were not aware that one in every three young people had experienced cyber threats.

“And half of them did not tell their parents about their experience.

“These young people may feel traumatised and do not know what to do.

“That is why through the PGO 2016, we would like to address the threats as well as put forward solutions towards ending cyber violence.

“This form of violence can happen via cyber stalking, cyber harassment, cyber sexting and inappropriate video calls.

“By preventing this, we can provide safer cyber space for our younger generation,” said Chong Eng.

On hand to launch the event was Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Before the launching began, quizzes related to the event were held and lucky participants walked away with goodie bags after giving the correct answers.

Many participants also took selfies with oranges or orange backdrops. Those who post creative pictures with oranges at PWDC’s Facebook page stand to walk away with cash prizes.

The deadline for entry is today and the sponsors are Ivory Properties, Klinik Careist, Sangkaya and Xtrategize Consulting Sdn Bhd.

For further details, log on to pwdc.org.my.

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