Miss Namibia takes on cyberbullying

16 June 2019 | Social Issues

In an effort to create a reciprocal learning opportunity for the public to exchange ideas and expand their knowledge, Miss Namibia 2018 Selma Kamanya, headed a panel discussion on cyberbullying last week.

The discussion created a platform where prominent social media personalities as well as psychiatric professionals that have a role to play in educating the public about cyberbullying could air their views. It also served as an eye-opener for many individuals who unknowingly contribute to cyberbullying.

In her opening remarks, Kamanya said that the discussion was a platform which should stimulate conversations and debates around social media use and how to manage and mitigate cyberbullying.

“Having experienced my fair share of cyberbullying, I can sympathize with those that have gone through it and know that it might make you inaudible, it might affect your self-esteem, self-image, induce anxiety and ultimately deteriorate one's self-confidence. With mental health awareness being my national project and cyberbullying being a contributing factor, I felt that I should use whatever I can to make information accessible to whoever is willing to listen.”

The panel consisted of Dr Mohammed Shehu (founder of Mo Shé Media), clinical psychologists Anina du Toit and Meunajo Tjiroze, media personality Bianca von Agvachen, musician Ann Singer, student activist Patricia Muteka, and brand strategist of the Alvaro Media Group Kalistu Mukoroli.

The discussion attracted students from different schools and universities as well as some media houses and parents.



Comments received ­include:

• Female student from A Shipena: “I learned what cyberbullying really is about after I had been a victim myself. I also learned a coping mechanism if it happens again.”

• Founder of Pageant Girls, Bobby K: “When it comes to social problems, cyberbullying is definitely on the leader board. The next session or event should be about finding solutions and ways of implementation.”

• Mr World Finalist Kennedy: “I now live by the quote that whatever other people think of you is their own opinion and it should never get to you.”

• Former NUST SRC President Marvelous: “It is easy for us to identify a problem but never easy for us to see ourselves as the problem.”

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