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Cyberbullying increasing since Covid- School Counsellor

- VI observing Anti-Bullying Week
According to studies, the effect of cyberbullying can be most detrimental to the victim, as they may experience a number of emotional issues that affect their social and academic performance as well as their overall mental health. Photo: Kaspersky.com
Organiser and School Counsellor, Mrs Sharon Leonard said that since the inception of the annual Anti-Bullying Week there has been a decrease in violent acts reported. Photo: Facebook/File
Organiser and School Counsellor, Mrs Sharon Leonard said that since the inception of the annual Anti-Bullying Week there has been a decrease in violent acts reported. Photo: Facebook/File
Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), said the Virgin Islands must not give up in attempts to combat bullying, especially now, when children are going through a very tough period in their lives. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), said the Virgin Islands must not give up in attempts to combat bullying, especially now, when children are going through a very tough period in their lives. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As the Virgin Islands observe Anti-Bullying Week from Sunday, October 17 to Saturday, October 23, 2021, it has been disclosed that cyberbullying is on the increase in the territory.

Organiser and School Counsellor, Mrs Sharon Leonard said that since the inception of the annual week there has been a decrease in violent acts reported.

“Awareness is helping and we have seen a decrease not only in the schools but in our community. However, there are certain types of bullying that are increasing like cyberbullying especially since Covid,” Mrs Leonard said in a Government Information press release today, October 19, 2021.

Organiser and School Counsellor, Ms Bisa Smith added that the reasoning for the increase in cyberbullying is due to the anonymous nature of the Internet.

“It’s more difficult to get that person to suffer the consequences for their actions because it’s hard to track” she explained.

According to studies, the effect of cyberbullying can be most detrimental to the victim, as they may experience a number of emotional issues that affect their social and academic performance as well as their overall mental health.

‘We must not give up’ fight against bullying- Dr the Hon Wheatley

Anti Bullying Week is being observed under the theme ‘One Kind Word’.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), said, “Unfortunately, in the Virgin Islands we too have had incidents of bullying which have resulted in significant harm to children. Bullying can have a terrible effect on children and their families, and we must not give up in our attempts to combat it, especially now, when children are going through a very tough period in their life.”

He added, “The use of kind words is something that as a community we can all practice. As a response strategy to bullying, it is brilliant. It allows all to engage in a practice that reduces the bullying of children and young people.”

Be kind

This week, counsellors across the Territory will be spreading the message of being kind and others are encouraged to do kind acts.

“We want persons ….to be intentional about being kind. A kind gesture, a kind word, a compliment, hold the door for someone so that it doesn’t close on the next person once you walk through. All of those things are examples of how to be a better person. And that is the most important thing any adult can do for a child, to mirror/model the behaviour we want them to exhibit,” Ms Smith said.

Activities for week

The week will be filled with examples of how to be kind as well as different messages that will be shared in the community. The remaining events are as follows:

Tuesday, October 19 – Wear Odd Socks Day & School presentations

Wednesday, October 20 – Words of Kindness Day, Students are encouraged to share kind words to their fellow students.

Thursday, October 21 – Professional Development Day

Friday, October 22 – Mid-Term Break Forum

Saturday, October 23 – Social media video clips

Anti-Bullying Week is being hosted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture in collaboration with the New Horizon Guidance and Counselling Unit and is dedicated to assisting schools in preventing and combating bullying in all forms.

10 Responses to “Cyberbullying increasing since Covid- School Counsellor”

  • general (19/10/2021, 14:39) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    Cyber bullying? This is some weak generation. Ain't nobody going "bully" me on a computer I can turn off. They need to understand that in order for someone to "cyberbully" you they need to first get your attention. Remove your attention from negative people. It's that simple.
    • @general (19/10/2021, 15:11) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
      Lmaoooooooooo generation been programmed to be that way. They don’t even know that their soft it feels normal for them. 90’s babies is the last line of a strong tough generation
    • @ general (19/10/2021, 15:35) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      I got you, no one is going to be able to cyberbully me either. You know why people get cyberbully? They get cyberbully because they post everything about themselves on line and they post proactive pictures of themselves online. Then when someone hack into their account, yes anyone can get hack,they start crying about getting bullied. Stop putting your personal and intimate business on line and you will not get bullied.
  • Add a day (19/10/2021, 14:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Maybe the obnoxious idiots on scooters could have a be kind to the community day and just stay home? My eardrums are being bullied by they annoying punks.
  • Crs (19/10/2021, 15:13) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yea. What a pansy generation
  • lol (19/10/2021, 17:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Political bullying gone up as well
  • resident (19/10/2021, 18:00) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Alas it is not so easy to ignore. When someone post something negative about you and it makes the round on social media then a lot of people may start making fun of the individual. A lot of young people do not have the ability to ignore. It can create a lot of stress leading to illnesd and even suicide. What we as adults need to do is monitor our children/students to make sure they are not taking part in cyberbullying. Also we have to be very careful what we say infront of our children about others. Lead by example.
  • one eye (19/10/2021, 18:48) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hinibottom son said he is a bully
  • Kickinbottom (19/10/2021, 18:56) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    The biggest bully of all is the CoI.
  • As a parent (20/10/2021, 08:14) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    It is up to us to monitor our children online activities. I always monitor my 17 year old phone and IPad. I’m paying for the services and I will monitor everything. I also have a tracker on my 17 year old phone. I can track her wherever she is at.


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