Workshop held on cyber bullying


The Film and Publication Board recently held a workshop on cyber bullying at the loveLife Youth Centre in Botshabelo. The workshop was held as part of Human Rights Month celebrations.

Obakeng Maimane, outreach educator and one of the organisers, told Bloemfontein Courant the purpose of this event was to educate the youth about the dangers of cyber bullying because they are the ones who mostly fall victim to it.

“Young people also practice bad habits on the internet. They don’t seem to understand that the internet is a lifetime tool. Be very careful of what you post online because it can destroy your future.”

Maimane said one of the popular examples of cyber bullying young people are exposed to, is the posting of nude pictures.

“Most of the time it is girls who are the targets of cyber bullying, which in some cases leads to suicide. The youth must remember that their digital footprint will always follow them. So young girls, stop sending your nude picture to other people because that is very dangerous.”

Voyane Khuze, a learner at Leratong Secondary School, said he never thought that the internet can destroy someone’s future.

“Today I have learned that what I post online can change my life for the better or destroy it. There is a positive side to the internet because my talent can be spotted easily. But I would also like to encourage other young people to be cyber smart at all times.” – Lebakeng Nkabi