The International School Dhaka arranged a panel discussion on cyberbullying at its auditorium on Saturday.
Doobie Whitecombe, behavioural counsellor of International School Dhaka, led the panel discussion and spoke on various issues of cyberbullying, such as steps a school can take to protect their students from cyberbullying, perceptions of children who are cyberbullied, steps parents can take to stop cyberbullying, ways to prevent cyberbullying, online etiquettes and more.
The school’s counsellor Lisa Reid, its secondary school principal Ildiko Murray, a class VIII student Zimraan Rahman took part in the discussion, said a press release.
Students joined the discussion to voice their opinion about the issues addressed. They were also encouraged to share their thoughts, experiences and steps they could take to ensure their own safety. Further discussions took place regarding the terms of dos and don’ts for preventing cyberbullying.
Ildiko Murray said, ‘Modern tools such as the Internet and social media can aid students in conducting research and getting homework tutoring; but they have also opened another platform for bullies.’
Because cyberbullying takes place online, it poses special problems for schools and bullying victims, who can be taunted anytime and anywhere, she said.
According to UNICEF, 32 per cent of children in Bangladesh are vulnerable to online violence, cyberbullying, and digital harassment. Considering this, we are raising the issue among our students and trying to make our school a safer place for the children, she added.
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