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‘Stop Internet bullying’ — LIME

‘Stop  Internet  bullying’  — LIME

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A call has been made by an executive of telecommunications company LIME for Internet bullying to stop.{{more}}

LIME marketing manager Nikala Williams made the passionate plea during a visit to the New Adelphi Secondary School on March 27, to discuss safe Internet practices.

In attendance were over 60 students, ranging from forms one to five. The energetic group was very enthusiastic and open with the discussions, especially when the subject turned to social media practices.

Discussions with the children revealed that almost all of them lie about their age and do not use their correct names while online. The students also admitted that for girls, seductive photos and names such as “Delicious Debra”, “Bootylicious Precious”, and “thug/gangster” photos and name such as “Gaza Man”, “Killah”, “Peppa Scull” for boys, are a must if you want to attract a lot of friends.

When asked why those names and photos, they responded “because you don’t want to attract boring people.” One vibrant young man proudly admitted that he has over 1,500 friends on Facebook and it is all because of his profile name and photo.

Some students admitted that they use Facebook to get back at a schoolmate or “reveal the truth” about them. There are even instances where explicit photos or sentences have been posted of another student.

This revelation was of concern to Williams, who passionately advised students to stop the Internet bullying.

Misuse of the Internet and social sites is not only illegal, but also unethical.

The damage caused by this type of slander can never be erased,” advised Williams.

“Ask yourself this question: would you like for anyone to embarrass you in front of a large crowd of people? If you are a victim or know of anyone who is a victim, speak to a trusting adult immediately,” she said.

This impactful session was not only enlightening for the students, but also the team from LIME led by Nikala Williams, accompanied by Isis Ollivierre, Nyasha Holder and Reniesha Oliver.

Almost 100 per cent of the students admitted to having a Facebook account and 50 per cent also had a Twitter account. More than 75 per cent of the students log onto Facebook at least once per day, but sadly, only 10 per cent of the students utilize the Internet for educational purposes. These numbers are definitely cause for concern and must be paid attention to not only by teachers, but parents also, Williams said.

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