Flow joins Rotary Club for Anti-Cyberbullying campaign

The Barbados branch of a renowned global community group has joined forces with a bank and telecoms provider so as to tout information security while educating the wider community about online privacy.

(Left to Right) Alan Harris - Flow Barebados' Corporate Communications Mgr; Lisa Cole - Scotiabank Barbados' Mktg Mgr & Anthony Shaw - Fmr Mgng. Dir. Signia Financial and Immediate Past Pres. Rotary Barbados

(Left to Right) Alan Harris – Flow Barebados’ Corporate Communications Mgr; Lisa Cole – Scotiabank Barbados’ Mktg Mgr & Anthony Shaw – Fmr Mgng. Dir. Signia Financial and Immediate Past Pres. Rotary Barbados

Against the backdrop of the recently held Safer Internet Day, both Scotiabank along with telecoms provider Flow have restated their commitment by ensuring a safer internet for everyone.

The companies combined their efforts with the Rotary Club of Barbados to launch an anti-cyberbullying campaign comprising television ads, educational brochures and online videos among other activities.

The companies combined their efforts with the Rotary Club of Barbados to launch an anti-cyberbullying campaign comprising television ads, educational brochures and online videos among other activities.

Cyberbullying is considered a crime in Barbados if it involves threats of violence, extortion, child pornography or sending unsolicited sexually explicit messages or content to others.

Annie Bertrand, Director of Community Services for the Rotary Club of Barbados, said given the increased penetration of technology, online bullying was severely affecting the well-being of children.

Annie Bertrand, Director of Community Services for the Rotary Club of Barbados, said given the increased penetration of technology, online bullying was severely affecting the well-being of children.

Students from secondary schools are the main targets and Bertrand said they will be depending on adults to reach the Under-12s. She suggested parents should know their children’s passwords and inspect the Trash folders of their tablets, mobiles and laptops.

An anti-bullying roadmap has been created to tackle the issue by targeting adults, training and education, mobilising the youth and taking the message to the region through the Rotary Clubs and various media.

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