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UNICEF to work with communities on cyber bullying

February 7, 2019 12:48 pm

Children’s organization – UNICEF will be working with relevant authorities in Fiji to create awareness on cyber bullying.

Over seventy-percent of young people online worldwide have fallen victims to cyber bullying.

UNICEF Pacific Island Countries rep, Sheldon Yett says while they do not have exact numbers on Fiji, they are still aware that this is an issue faced by young people here as well.

Hence, he says they will be working specifically with communities to address this issue from this year to make them aware of this threat and how best it can be dealt with.

“Parents need to take a role but so do teachers, so do other community leaders, so do peers. Kids need to also look after the kids. The internet is a fantastic tool for learning, for participation, for making sure that children’s voices can be heard. For ensuring the right of participation is there for children. But we also need to make sure that there are safe guards in place and we ensure that nothing is violated.”

Yett says kindness – both online and offline is a responsibility that begins with each of us.