Did you know that 84% of children in Malaysia suffer from some form of bullying, with 33% having been bullied online?*
Following through on Yellow Heart’s mission to empower everyone with access to the Internet while keeping them safe through responsible digital usage, Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (“Digi”) has partnered with Google Malaysia to launch a fun, educational 5-part video series, Yellow Heart Cyber Series as part of its annual CyberSAFE in Schools Competition (2018).
CyberSAFE in School is a collaboration started in 2011 between the Ministry of Education Malaysia, Cybersecurity Malaysia and Digi to improve awareness, build capacity and empower schoolchildren and teachers with digital resiliency and citizenship skills to stay safe on the internet.
Phillip Ling, Digi’s Head of Sustainability said that the video series was born out of the need to engage children effectively on serious topics but leveraging off popular media and platforms where children thrive, which in this case YouTube superhero cartoons. The aim is to educate and empower children when it comes to managing online risks and also to nurture digital citizenship behaviour.
“Although most schoolchildren are very technologically savvy and know their way around the internet better than expected, there are still high percentages of them who belittle the likelihood of online risks or dismiss the possible long-term harm of these dangers. Many have also admitted to not being equipped to recognise the risk and to act accordingly with confidence. We hope that this approach using risk scenarios and relatable characters will help strengthen their digital resilience and instil positive citizenship behaviour to ensure a safe, secure and enjoyable online experience for themselves, their peers and their families.” he says.
Su Ann Lim, Google Malaysia’s Industry Head said, "Digital safety is one of the most significant issues we all face as a society as a new generation grows up with the Internet at their disposal 24/7. It’s critical that we help our young develop responsible citizenship and look out for one another online -- just like we teach them to be offline. It's fantastic to be part of what Digi is doing and I have no doubt that these educational and entertaining videos will kick-start meaningful conversations on digital safety and respect at home, school and many other places."
From now until 30th September, students can participate in this video challenge at http://cybersafeinschools.my. The challenge is divided into two categories – school and individual.
For both categories, students are required to watch all the five videos created by popular animator CartoonHooligans, which depicts everyday scenarios faced by students in this digital age. These are played out by three superheroes and one antagonist: