Cyberbullying refers to the use of modern technology i.e computers, mobile phones, ipad, tablet etc to harass, threaten or embarass someone in a repeated manner.
Cyberbullying is very popular among the Sierra Leone online community. Even though there are no data to the effect, a recent television debate on the United Kingdom's Ben Television's 'Variety Show' was dedicated to the topic due the scale of the problem among Sierra Leoneans online.
Women have been the most victims of cyberbullying as well as the most perpetrators. The most famous among the victims was a Sierra Leonean beauty queen whose sex tape was leaked and was distributed on social media.
Men have been victimised too. Famous among the male victims is the current Vice President of Sierra Leone Mr Bockarie Foe whose nude picture was being circulated on social media by an alleged concubine.
The reason for cyberbully among Sierra Leoneans vary but it is mostly connected to love relationship rivalry, marital/love-relationship infidelity and politics.
To open the discussion on cyberbullyingthat isincreasinginthe Sierra Leone online community.
To educate Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora and in Sierra Leone about cyberbullying; What it is, how it happens, who are the victims, impacts on individuals, community and society.
To inform participants on the different means of seeking redress when one is abused online.
To identify different means of reducing cyberbullying in communities.
To train them on new media and how they could use it to their benefits rather than to destroy others.
To empower participants to become champions against cyberbullying in their communities.
I will use the world pulse new media toolkit. Most of my participants, particularly in England are very busy. And even though they are aufait with basic internet use, most do not know the other benefits new media brings.
I intend to conduct the training in English but aspects that seem difficult for the understanding of some participants will be communicated in 'Krio', our commonly spoken language.
I intend to buy a packet of A4 paper and pens.
I will also print out leaflets that will highlight key points of the training. These leaflets will be distributed to participants who are also expected to share with members of their communities.
A copy of what will be printed will be sent via email to the participant in Sierra Leone for printing and distribution too.
I will use money from the stipend from the VOF training to buy all the resources, including transport refund for participants and prepare a refreshment of fruit scone and drinks.
Since it will be a small group of people, I intend to do the presentation from my laptop.
I intend to hold the training at my home on an afternoon. The training is expected to last an hour. I dont intend to keep participants till its late and insecure for them to travel back to their respective homes.