Ms Charlotte Gumbi, Founder of Humanity Must Rise Foundation, a non governmental organization based in south Africa has admonished parents to start educating their children about the dangers associated with the use of the internet.

With the emergence of technology and technology gadgets such as smartphones, tablets and the internet, bullying has gone to a new level.

 "today kids and teens do not only face bullying in school, but they face bullying when they are at home via their phone or computer. There are unscrupulous people who are on the internet posting abusive content such as pornography, crime scenes as well as humiliating games" she noted.

Ms Gumbi said its time parents take time to talk to their kids about cyber bullying, since the practice lately is having a serious negative impacts on kids and other individuals as the use of internet by the kids has become rampant.

" I was once a victim of cyber bullying and the situation nearly took sent grave hence the need to advocate on this silent internet killer" she revealed.

Cyberbullying is when someone, typically teens, bully or harass others on social media sites. Cyberbullying allows bullies to easily and anonymously harass victims online. They do this by flaming, harassing, outing, exclusion, impersonation, and stalking. Harmful bullying behavior can include posting rumors, threats,sexual remarks, a victims' personal information, or pejorative labels (i.e., hate speech). Bullying or harassment can be identified by repeated behavior and an intent to harm.

Humanity Must Rise is a South African NGO with the sole purpose of making social media a safe space for all by educating the public about the effects of matters such as cyber bullying, rape, body shaming, outing, defamation of character as well as revenge porn.

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