Childline KZN has made an urgent call to protect the victims of bullying following a spate of incidents that have gone viral on social media platforms, reports the Northglen News.
The organisation’s operations manager, Adeshini Naicker, said there were numerous incidents that went unreported.
“Although the trend of sharing videos of attacks on social media platforms has cast bullying into the spotlight, and even provides tangible evidence to bring charges against the perpetrators, there are numerous undocumented and unreported incidents.
“In South Africa, the lack of information and misconceptions about bullying, paired with schools’ inability to monitor incidents, contributes to a victim’s failure to report bullying. Often victims are not aware of the platforms available to them to seek help and resort to internalising the problem in the hope that the bullying will stop,” said Naicker.
Childline KZN offers counselling for victims of bullying and their families as well as therapeutic services to provide victims with the support and guidance to cope with their trauma.
For more information, visit www.childlinekzn.org.za or contact Childline KZN’s Crisisline on 080 005 5555.
– Caxton News Service