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Reactions to cyber-bullying

Children's Corner with PANIC CHILUFYA
CYBER bullying is the use of electronic communication to intimidate or terrorise another person by sending messages aimed at intimidating or threatening nature.
This takes place by using electronic technology which includes devices and equipment like cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication mediums including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.

Examples of cyber-bullying include mean text messages or emails, rumours sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles as a way of abusing or degrading other users. Cyber-bullying often happens for a variety of reasons.
Below are some reactions to last week’s column ‘Cyber bullying rearing its ugly head in society’ that was published on Wednesday July 12, 2017.
Dear editor,
Thank you for tackling the issue of cyber-bullying because it is a source of worry for all well-meaning Zambians. I personally feel the job of regulating the use of social media should not be left to ZICTA alone but for all those who value the unity and love for each other that we have enjoyed since independence under our former President Dr Kenneth David Kaunda.
Under Dr Kaunda, we learnt and appreciated that we are all made in God’s image, but it is like some people have forgotten these teachings. I shudder to think about where we are headed to as a nation; we need to reclaim those days, otherwise no one will do it for us.
To win this fight, administrators of media sites should begin to report those who misuse media platforms so that they are not only banished but should be severely punished according to the provisions of the law.
Mrs Mbulo T.
Dear editor,
I wish to commend you for your column last week entitled ‘Cyber bullying rearing its ugly head in society’. Although your write-up was aimed at young readers, I felt that the topic was relevant to all social media users because even some much older people have been abusing the form of communication in the way they conduct themselves.
It is disappointing that some social media users never have anything positive to write about; they are always negative. I certainly believe that sometimes silence is golden, and if everyone adhered to this principle, there would be less of bad stuff we see on social media.
And the sad thing is that even those who are supposed to minister to ‘lost souls’ have also joined the fray of using unpalatable language, which can be very disappointing. They do not see anything wrong with using bad language while using God’s name to put others down, which is really a shame. Let all those with ears and eyes take heed and learn to use social media properly as a way of making Zambia a better place. Keep up the good work and thank you very much.
PT, Lusaka.
Remember, children are our future, until next week, take care.
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