#Metoo

#Metoo

The inside out of the viral trend on social media Actress Rose Mcgowan (claim to fame from Charmed), boldly went where many would dare not, exposing Harvey Weinstein and the sexual harassment charges against him. Her Twitter account was blocked at one point, though it was quickly restored. Other actresses who had her back like Alyssa Milano became prominent figures in this movement against sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a topic that surfaces one too often on social media. Each time it does, it serves as an indicator of the…

Fighting Depression Online

Fighting Depression Online

I’ve written about cyber-bullying before and about how Social Media can play a role in both the negative aspect of mental health and the positive as well. Recent events, such as various suicides that went viral on social media compelled me to write a bit more on the cause. So, what is depression? The only thing that everybody needs to know and understand is that depression is very real just like cancer or heart disease, and that it can kill if left unattended to. What are we doing wrong? We…

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…