The effects of Cyberbullying to you, and to them

Stop Cyberbullying

Many of us have experienced cyberbullying, even on a normally respectful platform like twitter. So how should we deal with cyberbullying as Ugandans?

Rather than get into all of the psychology of cyberbullying and what makes these people so angry and hateful, and then deal with it by vomiting it all over others, let’s just keep this real simple

Normal people don’t go around destroying other people. When someone treats you like crap, there’s something wrong with that person and needs to be looked after.

Women and girls are increasingly becoming victims of cyberbullying day by day and abuse via social media platforms. Incidents such as having their private parts published on social media platforms and called all sorts of crude names in the communities

On Monday 11th, a group of advocates launched a campaign against cyberbullying; the campaign is aimed at reducing, designing adaptive measures towards managing to cyberbully and to empower Ugandans on the alternative and productive use of social media

Uganda has been washed with violent acts of cyberbullying. We have had unregistered or reported cases of cyberbullying. Only a few have been exposed either willingly but mostly unwillingly by the victims’ – Ms. Annet Nambooze, team leader at Women for her network said during the launch of the campaign.

The Tukikomye project will help build collaboration among major stakeholders to identify and respond to the specific victims, especially the women, girls and the youth. The campaign will expand the users of social media platforms’ understanding of these issues, and in partnership with community stakeholders, help carry out strategies to reduce and eliminate this bullying within their communities. – Maurine, Communications officer at Peer to Peer Uganda added

When you look at the cyberbullying in Uganda, public figures have been victims; take an example of Martha Kay, Anita Fabiola, Desire Luzinda and many more. They have suffered from internet abusers but what is the government doing in stopping this act. 

Speaking at the Tukikomye campaign launch Ms. Annet Nambooze said; we can use these Social Media platforms for the positive things than abusing people and we can’t stop cyberbullying immediately but it can be reduced if everyone stood against it’

Ugandan Police has a tough role to protect and ensure that members of the public are safe from threats and abuses

Don’t die in silence, speak out if you’re cyberbullied

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Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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