Cyberbullying Stems From Insecurity And Should Be Treated With Kindness, Says TikTok

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Despite the expression “budi bahasa budaya kita“which roughly translates to” good manners is our culture, “Malaysians are recognized as some of the meanest people on the internet.

In 2020, our online community ranked 2nd in Asia for cyberbullying and online harassment. Most cases of online harassment involve people posting hateful and derogatory comments on social media.

According to the Women’s Center for Change (WCC), cyber violence often occurs in private and most cases often go unreported.

Victims of online harassment can experience alienation, discrimination, exclusion, embarrassment or even threats that can affect their lives and mental state and, in the worst case, kill themselves.

Malaysian policymakers have also considered enacting specific anti-cyberbullying laws to prevent such obscene behavior from going unpunished in our society.

Read more: Malaysia may soon make cyberbullying illegal, but are we ready?

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In an effort to understand why people harm others on the internet and raise awareness about online safety, TikTok, one of the world’s most popular social media platforms, is bringing together a panel of experts to discuss the way Malaysians can #CreateKindness online and try to turn those internet villains into goodies.

So why are Malaysians mean online?

According to Henry Teh of the Malaysian Humanitarian Foundation (MHF), online bullying is more prevalent among young people than adults and stems from the need for individuals to have instant gratification.

Online “trolls”, as they are often called, are observed to be influenced by their exposure to mainstream media content over the years, such as watching those witty and sarcastic sitcoms and movies.

This trolling behavior is then channeled and amplified by exposure to other modern media platforms like social media at the expense of others.

“Indirectly and directly, it affects how we think, who we are, our status and how our influences are positive or negative, and how we absorb information and our priorities,” he said, explaining the concerns that the cyberbullying is a cause of low autonomy. esteem issues and suicides in our society.

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Henry also explained that Malaysia’s factual environment where people don’t have time to stop and smell the roses, as well as the socio-economic circumstances that some people face are reasons for them to stop and smell the roses. rampage online.

To them, they may think that they are showing their strength and individuality, but in reality, they can show the bad side of themselves to the world.

Executive Director of Malaysian Humanitarian Foundation (MHF) Henry Teh

Meanwhile, psychiatrist Dr Stephen Jambunathan of The Mind Faculty said we have seen a sharp increase in cases of anxiety, depression as well as suicides in Malaysia with the advent of social media as well as the recent Covid crisis. -19.

He believes the anonymity of the Internet and its lack of interpersonal filters forces people to let their emotions run wild online.

Sometimes the recipients may not be the actual targets, but that’s just because someone wants to let off steam.

Dr. Stephen Jambunathan, Physiatrist of the Faculty of the Spirit

The doctor explained that people’s portrayal of their own worth is increasingly linked to the media and what others do or say.

He said that as a society we need to learn both to adapt and to deal with the problem by being empathetic and “to understand that it may not be about us, and to understand the condition. spirit of that person and what they are going through “.

So how do we deal with cyberbullying?

While it’s hard to ignore hurtful and trolling comments pointed our way, it’s best for us to respond in a way that gives us peace of mind, says local TikTok influencer Ceddy Ang of his experiences. with online harassment.

As a content creator, Ceddy describes his familiarity with someone’s punching bag and the target of mean comments.

“I’m fine when people like to joke or digress, that’s fine. But sometimes people prey directly on your insecurities, ”the celebrity said, revealing that he is in therapy on a regular basis in order to overcome and cope with the issues he is facing.

He also pointed out the advanced security and censorship features available on TikTok that help protect creators like him from evil people on the internet.

Cebby advocates that Malaysians are not afraid to ask others for help when faced with cyberbullying and try to respond to negative comments made with kindness and understanding whenever you can, and ignore them. unbuilt reviews.

One of my goals is to help normalize conversations about mental health in the Malaysian digital space, to help inspire people to be kinder to themselves and to those around them. I got messages from fans who said my content made them take better care of their own emotional well-being, and that makes everything I do worthwhile. When in doubt, be nice!

TikTok influencer Ceddy Ang

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The same note was shared by Henry who believes that people mature through kindness and that it takes effort to understand where others are coming from. It is only by understanding each other that we can prevent online harassment from continuing in our society.

Kindness is like sport, you have to practice it and train in it like a marathon. The more we think about how to improve it, the better off we become.

Executive Director of Malaysian Humanitarian Foundation (MHF) Henry Teh

While Dr Stephen says hate is a word that shouldn’t be in the English dictionary and kindness begins in the home and in educating people.

He said parents play a crucial role in influencing an individual’s behavior and everyone should just strive to be kind.

Kindness starts with yourself first and foremost, it starts at home because what is initially brainwashed and instilled in young people will help us to be more compassionate, insightful and more resilient in the face of unnecessary comments that we often see on social media. today.

Dr. Stephen Jambunathan, Physiatrist of the Faculty of the Spirit

CreateKindness: Putting the “nice” in humanity

Join TikTok in their global effort to promote positive vibes with the #CreateKindness campaign and join your favorite creators to fight bullying and harassment and encourage
cybercitizens to behave responsibly online.

Look up the hashtag #CreateKindness on TikTok to display inspiring content created by creators around the world or add your own dose of cuteness to the mix.

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