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Greater Awareness and Education are the Real Solution to the Cyberbullying Problem

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The panel discussion “Cyberbullying among Primary School Students and Suggestions for Solutions,”  which was jointly organized by  the Faculty of Communication, Community Mental Health Center and Association for Community Mental Health Promotion, was held  in the Kocaeli University Medical School Conference Hall.

 

03 2015 - 18:23

The panel discussion “Cyberbullying among Primary School Students and Suggestions for Solutions” was moderated by Prof. Bulent Coskun and the first speech was given by Emel Baştürk Akca (Kocaeli University, Faculty of Communication, Department of Journalism).  In the panel, which was organized as part of cyberbullying research project sponsored by TÜBITAK, project coordinator Akca said that cyberbullying could be defined as  “the use of electronic devices by a group or individual in an aggressive, intentional and repeated manner against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself”. Akca explained the effects of cyberbullying on both victims and perpetrators and stated that “Greater awareness and education are two important keys to preventing cyberbullying.” Akca also emphasized the roles of parents in tackling cyberbullying, saying, “Befriend your child on the social networks, encourage your child to tell you if they or their friends are involved in cyberbullying, and reassure your child that you will not take away their computers or mobile phones in such cases.”  Fatma Nur Şen (PhD student in Public Relations and Publicity) pointed out that for the prevention of cyberbullying Media Literacy courses taught by professionals need to be compulsory at the primary education level and New Media Literacy should be included in the curriculum. The TÜBİTAK SOBAG Project (No:113K170) was introduced in the panel and some preliminary findings of the project were also presented. In the scope of the project, surveys were conducted with students in 7th and 8th grade in schools in İstanbul, Samsun, Ankara, Van, Gaziantep, İzmir and Adana. Corresponding to this collected information, the project aims to produce educational materials to teach primary school students how to use the internet more responsibly and efficiently.  

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