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08 Sep 2020

Digital Literacy Prevents Cyber Bullying

Salemba, Jakarta — Today's era requires digital. Especially in the midst of the current pandemic conditions, the existence of digital space is increasingly needed. School activities are carried out from home (school from home/SFH). Even work activities are also carried out from home (work from home/WFH). So, it is not an exaggeration if literacy in the digital era is absolutely necessary so that people are not easily consumed by false information (hoax). Or even, what is happening lately is cyber bullying that can happen to anyone.

"Digital literacy is not only having the ability in hard skills such as making video content, pod cast, parenting, etc. However, it is also important to have soft skill capacities. This is precisely what determines even though it is simple at first glance. Soft skill is a way of thinking. When the content is made, think back to what was the intention or plan behind its creation. It is positive or not if it is broadcast on social media," said Siberkreasi Chairman Yosi Mokalu during the Literate Generation webinar held by the National Library on Tuesday afternoon (9/8).

The development of the digital industry must also be accompanied by digital intelligence. Especially at this time, Yosi noted that there were no less than 1,000 hoaxes scattered on social media a day.

Therefore, he invites collaboration and cooperation from all parties in the National Digital Literacy Movement. One of the movements is to save anyone from bullying on social media (cyber bullying).

More or less the same thing was conveyed by the Founder of Literate Generation Milastri Muzakkar, saying that disgraceful actions such as cyber bullying are indeed rife during the pandemic. These actions mostly occur due to psychological factors, such as increased stress or uncontrolled intensity of playing gadgets.

That is why, Milastri suggests collaboration between family and community elements. The methods are, first, make library as a center of information, especially literacy related to Covid-19. Second, make educational games or positive video content in collaboration with social media platforms. Third, create literacy competitions such as writing, reading, or craft competitions. Fourth, build literacy culture from an early age. "And finally, collaborate with communities or literacy activists to deliver books to homes on a regular basis," explained Milastri.  

Meanwhile, if bullying often occurs, Yosi suggests three things that can be done. First, filter unnecessary words on social media. Block everything that potentially become self-poisoning. Second, be the party that reconciles or calming down. In other words, be neutral. Do not spread hatred. And third, ask friends for help. However, not in the sense of repaying negative actions.

"Invite all to be smart on social media. Do not lead to confrontation," concluded Yosi.


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