MCMC: Violent online content may lead to increase in cyberbullying

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  • Wednesday, 21 Jun 2017

Dr Mazlan presenting goodie bags to residents of Rumah Warga Emas Darul Hanan. — BERNAMA

WEBSITES streaming violent content are a major factor in the increase of bullying cases in the country, the Malaysian Comm-unications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said.

Its Network Security, New Media Monitoring, Compliance and Advocacy chief officer Dr Mazlan Ismail said the existence of such websites, which failed to restrict viewership based on age, had caused the Film Censorship Board’s effort to filter out violent scenes to be unsuccessful.

“We do not have the authority to censor such websites but hope that the public, especially parents, will monitor their children’s viewing habits,” he told reporters before breaking fast with Rumah Warga Emas Darul Hanan residents and children from the Pusat Jagaan Kasih Abadi in Pongsu Seribu near Butterworth on Sunday.

He was responding to a statement by Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation senior vice chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye that at least one in two youths admitted to having experienced cyberbullying in the country based on the Stop Cyberbullying 2017 study under the Digi CyberSAFE programme.

Lee said that based on CyberSecurity Malaysia statistics, cyberbullying among students took place almost every day with 250 cases reported in 2012, and subsequently 389, 291, 256 and 338 in the following years.

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