To draw the attention of people on the dangers and after-effects of cyber bullying that includes online death and rape threats besides physical violence instigated on the Internet directed at common people, mostly women, StopOnlineMobs was organized at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.
Led by Nitin Jose, a final year Journalism student of Madhu Bala Institute of Communication and Electronic Media, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, it aimed at spreading awareness on cyber bulling. The messages about cyber bullying were conveyed through dance, skit, poetry and songs.
“The Internet has become a part and parcel of our daily life and its regulation is necessary to ensure the well being of its users. Students in large numbers are becoming a victim of cyber bullying but fail to file a complaint or take a major stand against the same. Information about the laws related to cyber bullying should be widely circulated among the people so that they can use the law for their safety and dignity. We will form a trust as a platform for students who face cyber bullying and are unable to address the same,” said Sarvesh Kumar Tiwari, secretary of Nirbhaya Trust and Managing Director, PR Professionals.
Those who spoke on the StopOnlineMobs movement included Sarvesh Kumar Tiwari, secretary Nirbhaya Trust, Rajkumar Tiwari, India’s lone special Olympic gold medallist-Iceskater, Tripti Oberai-renowned psychologist, Trevor Jayaraj, recipient of Rotary Leadership award and Ms Kawalpreet Kaur, President-AISA (DU).
The StopOnlineMobs initiative was started on social media by the students and with their efforts, it became a national trend on Twitter. Thousands of people joined by tweeting and re-tweeting about the movement.
The StopOnlineMobs movement began when a student of Lady Sri Ram College, Simran Keshwani presented her views on social media and in return started receiving rape threats and vulgar comments.
“Cyber bullying has become rampant. Internet is an open medium for communication as well as a weapon too. The use depends on the user and misuse is bound to be made accountable by the law! Therefore we decided to blend art and culture of India to condemn cyber bullying via this gathering of students,” said Nitin Jose.
According to the recently-released Intel Security’s “Teens, Tweens and Technology Study 2015”, 81% of Indian respondents between eight and 16 are active on the social media networks. Of these, 22% have reported being bullied online — the highest in the four countries surveyed (Australia, USA and Singapore being the other three). That’s not all. As many as 52% of Indian children indicated that they had bullied people over the social media — again the highest of the four countries surveyed. A whopping 65% of respondents report witnessing cruel behaviour online.