Shielding kids from cyberbullies

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  • Saturday, 13 May 2017

Mohd Zakaria (second right) sharing a light moment with Atlas City College chief executive and principal Dr Kou Yook Fat (fourth right) and other participants during the seminar.

CYBERBULLIES of school children are usually those who have left schools, said Penang Education Department counselling assistant director Mohd Zakaria Zain.

He said such bullies were usually school leavers who maintained friendship with their juniors on social media.

“We are aware of the situation. We acknowledge that cyberbullying happens but it’s not that serious,” he said.

He added that the department was working closely with authorities such as the police, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and Health Ministry to tackle cyberbullying in schools.

He was speaking at the Counselling Teachers Psychosocial Skills Empowerment 2017 seminar in Atlas City College in Burmah Place, Penang, on Thursday.

“It’s important that parents identify signs that their children are being victimised, such as them feeling suicidal and having a mental or emotional breakdown.

“Parents need to be ahead of their children when it comes to monitoring their online activities.

“School counsellors will interview students who show signs of being bullied online.

“If found to be true, the school will alert the police,” he said, adding that most cases went unreported as the victims were usually afraid to come forward.

The seminar, organised by the department with Atlas City College, was aimed at promoting collaboration among school counsellors to tackle cyber-bullying in innovative ways.

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