Cyber bullying impacting teenagers negatively

We are facing various issues in our community but I think there is a serious issue that is affecting not only me as an individual but rather a greater public, which is Cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is a serious issue and it has become increasingly common especially among teenagers, as the digital sphere has expanded.

Sandra Ncube

As a victim of cyber bullying I would like to raise awareness to some people out there who have been through the same thing or who are currently going through it but do not have the courage to confidently speak out about the issue, or do not know how to deal with the situation. Personally my story is a story of conquest focusing on how I managed to deal with cyberbullying at school.

It was not easy because it seriously affected me mentally and socially because even up to today my social life is a bit derailed. However I can say that I am grateful that I had friends and family who gave me support during that time. One of my friends introduced me to the Soleil Levant Foundation that deals with issues of mental health and I am grateful that they have counsellors who advised me on how to deal with the situation.
So I would like to recommend that wherever possible we should spread awareness on cyber bullying because many people are victims and they do not know how to deal with it. I also like to encourage people to look into the Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill which provides information on the consequences of cyber bullying. Basically I think we should normalise spreading awareness on such issues and share the information where ever possible.

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