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Twelfth International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2018)
Title: Designing an Anti-Cyberbullying Programme in Thailand
Author(s): Ram Herkanaidu, Steven Furnell, Maria Papadaki, Tharabun Khuchinda
Keywords: Awareness, Education, Children, Online Safety
Abstract: A high number of young people in Thailand spend several hours a day online and mainly from their smartphone. Not all of their online experiences are positive and many are victims of cyberbullying. However this and other online safety issues are not discussed in schools or generally in Thai society. There are no national or local programmes that address the issues and it is not on the curriculum in schools. Therefore, to initiate such a programme workshops were carried out to find out what kind of activities would engage Thai students. Altogether 83 students from three schools participated in the four workshops conducted. Each session was evaluated afterwards and suggestions for improvements were implemented in the next one. The most successful activities were the showing of a Thai video on cyberbullying, the listing of their online activities and the Buddhist teaching of sati (mindfulness). However, it was clear that there is a passive acceptance of cyberbullying. It was found most would not talk about it to parents or teachers and only sometimes with friends. Therefore, the workshops were a good introduction to the topic of cyberbullying and demonstrate a need for more of these kinds of online safety awareness raising initiatives.
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