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Fight Cyberbullying In Malaysia

Wong Shu Lee  


  February 10, 2022

Malaysia ranks second in Asia in 2020 for cyberbullying among youths, according to a United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) report - indicating that cyberbullying is becoming an increasingly prominent problem in the country.


Cyberbullying happens for many of the same reasons as any other type of bullying, but it may be even more appealing because it can be done anonymously. 


In general, bullies’ behavior usually stems from their own problems. There are two kinds of people who are likely to bully: those who are popular and those who are on the social fringes. 


Popular kids or teens may bully because:


  • They see it as a way to stay popular.
  • Hurting others makes them feel powerful.


Kids or teens who are less socially successful may bully because:


  • It helps them cope with their own low self-esteem.
  • They think it will help them fit in with their peers.
  • They have trouble empathizing with those they hurt.


Here are some additional reasons people may do their bullying online:


Anonymity—Cyberbullying allows bullies to avoid facing their victims, so it requires less courage and provides the illusion that bullies won’t get caught.


Ignorance of the consequences—Cyberbullies may not realize how much damage they are doing because they don’t see their victims’ reactions in person. 


Social pressure—Some cyberbullies may think their behavior is normal and socially acceptable, especially when friends egg them on. 


Researchers also find that cyberbullies’ actions could be the projection of their own unhappiness due to being deprived of their basic needs. The Choice Theory, developed by American psychiatrist William Glasser, posits that all humans have five basic needs that drive their behavior (choices). These needs are survival, belonging (to love, to be loved, and to be of value), power, freedom, and fun. 


Whenever one or more of their basic needs were not met, they might use cyberbullying as a tool to satisfy their needs. This was why cyberbullying cases were not only perpetrated by just youths but adults as well. 


Those with lower rates of global self-worth, social acceptability, and popularity are more likely to engage in cyberbullying, as studies have shown that cyberbullies were often socially incompetent individuals.


To reduce the problems of cyberbullying, we have to give more care to the people around us. If you have family members or friends who have lower self-esteem or are unhappy generally, let’s engage them with fun and inspiring activities to help them build stronger self-esteem. 


For example, CreaTee Kit uses t-shirt DIY kits to help build children’s emotional intelligence at the same time strengthen parent-child relationships through the t-shirt DIY activity. Involve your younger family members in activities such as cooking, baking and arts can help catalyze emotional intelligence by encouraging deliberate thinking and decision-making during the creation process. 


Besides, children will gain the feeling of accomplishment after finishing their art, which ultimately adds to their self-confidence and emotional intelligence. These experiences are unparalleled and are not achievable by playing mobile video games, the most common activities among children nowadays. 


Let’s create a world with more love and fewer bullies. 


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