The Killer “Blue Whale”

The Killer “Blue Whale”

An online game that has been trending as #BlueWhale has widely spread panic and fear among parents and teachers alike. The game that is said to have claimed the lives of many vulnerable teenagers across the world, is a rather disturbing setup. What is the #BlueWhaleGame? Originating in Russia, where so far, it is claimed to have caused the deaths of many teenagers, the Blue Whale Game comprises of a selection of dark and deeply disturbing tasks. The concept behind the name of the game is the fact that Blue…

Drawing the Line

Drawing the Line

Best Practices for educational establishments Seeing this spurred us to analyse some of the negative impacts that could be suffered by your children through the erroneous use of social media. While the intentions of the campaign could be entirely harmless and are for the most part an attempt in attracting new registrations as well as keeping the parents of the current students engaged, there could also be many negative repercussions. Most business pages are public by default which means that complete strangers will have access to the images of your…

Fighting Mindsets – An Interview with Grassrooted

Fighting Mindsets – An Interview with Grassrooted

As part of our ongoing analytical investigation into the cyber-bullying and cyber exploitation crisis that seem to be gradually on the rise in Sri Lanka and around the world, we decided to talk to the pros in the battlefield; The Grassrooted Trust, an organization that was established with the purpose of providing a “safe space” for marginalized communities both online and in reality. Meeting Hans from Grassrooted (despite his hectic schedule) at Java Lounge, I immediately feel comfortable and catch a vibe that this gentleman knows what he is talking…

Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media News Update 13/03/2017

Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media News Update 13/03/2017

Here’s our latest weekly update on social media hot topics for the past week in Sri Lanka and across the world This week our team wrote about Our Blogs: Fighting Mindsets – An Interview with Grassrooted What Went Viral in Sri Lanka? Victor Rathnayake’s son’s social media outburst Victor Rathnayake and his recent marriage to a lady of 33 years has caused much stir in this past week on social media. While the veteran singer who is reputed as the “master” of music in Sri Lanka, suddenly became the source…

Can We Meet up?

Can We Meet up?

–  Social Media Grooming, Rape and Murder – As part of our ongoing analytical endeavour to unmask as many pitfalls of cyber bullying and social media grooming possibilities that seem to be on the surge recently, we decided to speak about several instances of online grooming and how we can analyse situations carefully to avoid grave outcomes. You can read more on http://socialmedia.lk/category/cyber-bullying/ about what we have to say on the misuse of social media. When Kayleigh Haywood (15 years) accepted the friend request by Luke Harlow (28 years), little…