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…

Words that Wound

Words that Wound

The inner-workings of a cyber-bully’s mind “Cyber-bullying is the use of information technology to repeatedly harm or harass other people in a deliberate manner. According to U.S. Legal Definitions, Cyber-bullying could be limited to posting rumours or gossips about a person in the internet bringing about hatred in other’s minds; or it may go to the extent of personally identifying victims and publishing materials severely defaming and humiliating them.” – Wikipedia Imagine, you’re having a heated argument with your mother. You’re so furious and it’s about to boil over. You…

Dolly Hanging

Dolly Hanging

Dolly Hanging -The death of a 12 year old live streamed on social media – Writing about social media and its many nuances. I happened across the heart-breaking story of a 12 year old girl who committed suicide on social media. The video was taken down a few days later but watching the 42-minute tragedy play out where Katelyn Nicole Davies carefully prepared a noose, broke down, cried, apologised for not being strong and finally jumped from a tree in Cedartown, Georgia,  I felt compelled to explore her story. This…