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The Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development will be rolling out a new initiative to tackle cyber bullying and cyber abuse and their negative impacts on children.

Permanent Secretary Janet Phillips said it was one of the many programmes to be implemented in schools to mark Child Month.

She was delivering the feature address at the Child Care Board’s National Children’s Service at the Western Light Church of the Nazarene, Oxnards, St James today.

“The Child Care Board will continue to address the issue of adolescents, cyber abuse, cyber bullying and its implications by conducting a series of interventions at primary and secondary schools using drama and the theatre arts as the modality for education,” she said. 

“The board will develop educational materials which would assist the students in dealing with the issues associated with cyber abuse and cyber bullying and provide a training opportunity for representatives of the media in which ethical reporting standards for matters involving child protection and children would be addressed,” she added.

Phillips, who spoke on behalf of the minister Steven Blackett, also said that children deserved a life free of violence and fear.

She urged parents to become acquainted with their children’s friends and monitor their online activity as social media was becoming a platform for new forms of abuse. 

During the service the nation’s children also got an opportunity to showcase their talents. 

Tia Corbin of the Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School performed a solo which received sustained applause for the audience.

The dancers form the Hindsbury Primary School also wowed with their poise and moves. (SB)

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