For digital natives, the concept of cyberbullying, online harassment, and general toxicity online are not foreign subjects.
However, the scale of the issue is different between those of us who put ourselves in the eye of the public, and those of us who do not.
Recently Ain Husniza, Hunny Madu, and Hafiz Hatim went on Clubhouse in an event organised by Content Forum to discuss the topic: Cyberbullying: They Asked For It.
The Student Activist
Student advocate Ain said that children are innocent; they go online thinking that they just want to make friends but some people will take advantage of that.
She added that despite her parents’ efforts to teach her about staying safe online at a She added that everybody has the right to use the internet and feel safe while using it. But she has experienced more abuse online than she has ever had in real life.
There was a Facebook group of more than 100,000 teachers, discussing my case once it went viral – the comments really shocked meAin Husniza
She added that everybody has the right to use the internet and feel safe while using the internet. But she has experienced more abuse online than she has ever had in real life.
The TV Host
For Hunny Madu, the challenge was to maintain a dual identity — a TV show host and her real self.
While others would minimise judgement from the public by holding back their personality on social media, she found it liberating to put it all out in the open.
I believe it’s about owning yourself, finding your power and being comfortable with yourself if you want to be a public figureHunny Madu
As a father, Hafiz (radio announcer) joked that he would never let his daughter have social media if he could but that would not be fair or feasible.
Frankly, the best thing I can do is monitor what she watches, guide and educate her. It boils down to parents sharing with their children about the potential threats that are out there. It’s all about our relationship with our kids and how open we are with them about all this.Hafiz Hatim
When asked about cancel culture he said that it was not right for people to gang up on someone for one mistake on social media and go to the extent of demanding that they be fired.
Sometimes people don’t understand the full context of a matter, but they’ll just jump on the bandwagon.Hafiz Hatim
The discussion is part of an ongoing series by the Content Forum, to create awareness over its current public consultation for proposed revisions of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Content Code (Content Code).
Drawn up by the Content Forum and introduced in 2004, the Content Code is a set of guidelines that outline best practices and ethical standards for content creation and curation.
To listen to the full session on Clubhouse, go to: https://anchor.fm/contentforum/episodes/Cyberbullying-The-deserve-it-e18r8u6.