Hong Kong schools

Cyberbullying, rather than the schoolyard version, is the bigger menace for schoolchildren

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 April, 2018, 1:56pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 April, 2018, 1:56pm

I concur with Eunice Li (“Bullying at school leaves lasting scars”, April 1) and Louis Fung (“To stop school bullies, teachers and classmates must stand guard”, April 7).

Bullying can and does leave permanent scars, be it at school or elsewhere, physical or mental.

I also agree that this subject has been discussed ad nauseam. Bullying has its long history of repercussions, resulting in depression in children and, worst-case scenario, suicide.

What we are yet to be fully warned about, and need to help parents protect children against, is bullying in its most sinister form – cyberbullying.

This is a platform where the bully can remain anonymous or take on another identity, and the herd instinct can be exacerbated, as like-minded cowards jump onto the bandwagon of attacking someone online.

However, perhaps it takes more than just parents to fight the menace. It is imperative that schools and companies, more particularly technology companies running social media platforms, maintain zero tolerance for all sorts of bullying, including in cyberspace.

Tess Downey, Pok Fu Lam