Let's Talk: The 'Sulli Act' & Coping With Cyberbullying In Singapore
Updated: Oct 30, 2019
Any form of bullying is bad. With the ease of online sharing, especially on social media, cyberbullying has been on the rise. This is especially true when you’re under the limelight, and unfortunately, cyberbullying has taken the life of a young, bright and amazing Korean celebrity, Sulli.
This incident has sparked conversations on the topic of cyberbullying, and also the demand for change to be enacted in Korea. Lawmakers in Korea are proposing the ‘Sulli Act’ as a counter to cyberbullying, and will be officially proposed in early December at the National Assembly. Unfortunately, lives have already been robbed due to naysayers online.
Bringing this issue nearer to home, cyberbullying is also affecting many here in Singapore. In a survey conducted in 2018, 3 out of 4 teenagers have been bullied online before. That’s a crazy 75% of our youth having to go through the struggle from hateful words made by anonymous accounts.
In particular, women and girls have increasingly been the target of cyberbullying in recent years - and this is why we felt the need to talk about this here at The Cereal Writer because we feel fellow women should be empowered. We should stand together in fighting cyberbullying, protecting and caring for those who are experiencing it. It’s a journey nobody should be alone in.
If you’re experiencing cyberbullying, please know that you’re not alone. It is going to be difficult to talk to your friend, or seek help from a professional on this. Cyberbullying is usually trivialised and commonly brushed aside with comments like “it’s ok, these anonymous people don’t know you personally, don’t care about what they say”.
No, the emotional trauma from cyberbullying should never be neglected, and there’s nothing to be ashamed of if it is hurting. Please reach out for help with the following hotlines, we’re sure they would love to help.
Mental Health Helpline: 6389 2222
Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800-283-7019
Samaritans of Singapore (SOS): 1800-221-4444
Silver Ribbon: 63861928, 67424190, 63853714
Alternatively, if you can’t find the words to tell your friend about what you’re going through, here’s a little something we hope that helps. We’ve crafted two messages that you can send to your friend, whether you’re a victim of cyberbullying, or when you notice your friend has been cyberbullied. Just save the image and you can send it! No one should go through this alone.