Accords International has embarked upon a journey with its project CyberED with utmost consciousness and sensitivity towards the issue, in order to disseminate the cyberbullying awareness, understanding of socio-psycho complexities, the invisible harm and the restorative construction of procedures and practices for the ultimate solution. It intends to:
a. Sensitize the youth about cyberbullying as a wrong.
b. Guide school authorities to deal with cyberbullying amicably at school level.
c. Generate awareness about restorative solutions to cyberbullying.
Is it a Joke or Cyber Harassment?
Why cyberbullying sensitization is important?
Why is the parent's role indispensable?
Should educators step in?
Why the restorative solution to online bullying is important?
How can Accords International help?
1. Free Workshops for Students: If you want to organize an awareness workshop for students to sensitize them about cyberbullying then Contact us for organizing a free ‘Restorative Justice and Cyberbullying’ workshop for students.
2. Workshops for Educators and Parents: If you/ your organization intend/intends to conduct a workshop for educators and parents then Contact us for organizing a free ‘Restorative Justice and Cyberbullying’ workshop for educators and parents.
3. Advance training in Restorative Justice: If you intend to learn about restorative processes and how to train educators/parents in restorative approaches then visit our programs. Know more
The evolution of social media and its growth along with rapidly changing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been unprecedented. Notably, in India, 81% of teenagers use social media, while 72% of them log into the same more than once daily (ASSOCHAM, 2018). In fact, nowadays social media is an inherent part of our lifestyle and they reveal a considerable amount of personal information at social media platforms. Consequently, the array of the impact of social media is far-reaching and equally concerning given that it can adversely affect the psychological, physical as well as social health of its users.
The global survey on cyberbullying conducted by IPSOS across 28 countries in 2018 reported India with the highest number of cyberbullying cases. The survey shows 1 in 5 Indian parents confirmed their kids being cyberbullied atleast once. Notably, 37% of kids were reported by the parents to be cyberbullied online, of which 14% were cyberbullied on regular basis.
IPSOS 2018(India survey) where 1 in 5 Indian parents confirmed their kids being cyberbullied atleast once
IPSOS, 2018: Responses of parents in India to their kids' experience of cyberbullying
Cyberbullying has a devastating impact on youth addicted to social media including serious repercussions on their health and general wellbeing. Trolling and cyberbullying have become inevitable by-products of social media and the internet. Cyberbullying can set off negative emotions and immense mental suffering. Moreover, there is increasing evidence that cyberbullying can influence suicide-related behavior also.
Sarah Lynn Butler, a Seventh grader from Hardy, Arkansas (USA), committed suicide on September 26, 2009. She was teased at school, and later on received bullying messages on her MySpace page.
In Feb 2017, 20 year old Gurmehar Kaur of DU had to deactivate her Facebook account post rape and death threats on account of voicing her opinion against a youth organization.
In the year 2020, Delhi school boys created an Instagram group chat (Bois Locker Room) to share obscene pictures of girls including minors.
Nearly every fourth kid is cyberbullied in India
Fostering a myriad of socio-psycho problems owing to online harassment, the legal frameworks and non-tolerance policies of the educational institutions often render be enormously inadequate to correct the very behavior. In fact, they might even turn out to be counterproductive. Restorative Justice, an alternative to these approaches, is hugely significant to fill the void by bridging the gap between the victim and the offender. Additional benefits of restorative practices include greater victim satisfaction, mending the tarnished victim – offender relationship, better sensitisation of the offender and constructive involvement of the bystanders.