Boost measures against cyberbullying

LETTERS: Cyberbullying refers to the dissemination of insults, intimidation and threats through information technology or communication technology.

It can affect people's mental health and social life, and cause them to experience depression or commit suicide.

In January, a report quoted the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) as saying that Malaysia ranked second in Asia in 2020 for cyberbullying among youth.

Malaysia relies on Article 233 (improper use of network facilities) of the Communications and Multimedia Act, amended in 1998, but this law is not enough to prevent cyberbullying.

The government should draw up better regulations to combat cyberbullying more effectively, prosecute offenders and raise awareness.

Law enforcement agencies should strengthen network security control, block channels for spreading false information and punish cybercriminals who spread malicious and false statements.

The government should also incorporate network security and the correct use of a network into the school curriculum.

Lastly, non-governmental organisations, educational groups and the private sector can raise awareness about cyberbullying.


Third-year student,

Faculty of Business & Communication, University Malaysia Perlis

The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect those of the New Straits Times

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