#StopHate – Stand Up to Cyber Bullying 

On Friday 12th December, 89.7 Bay along with MITA and General Soft Drinks announced the launch of the #StopHate campaign, dedicated to fighting Cyber Bullying. The aim of this initiative is to create awareness, as well as to highlight the dangers that could be encountered online and through various Social Networks, including Facebook, YouTube and others. More importantly, the campaign aspires to encourage people to speak up, without having to be afraid – whether they are being cyber bullied or if they know of someone dealing with such issues. The aim of the campaign is to give the message that one doesn’t have to go through this situation. 

The website dedicated to this cause – www.stophate.org.mt,  features extensive information about how to stay safe online, the different types of Cyber Bullying on Social Networks and also addresses bullying on mobile phones. Those going through this difficult situation often find themselves feeling helpless and that the bullying will never end. Through the advice found on the website, victims will hopefully begin to realise that there are many things that can be done to stop the bullying. The number for the Appogg Support Line can be found on the website, as well as advice on how to rebuild one’s confidence after going through such an upsetting experience. The #StopHate campaign aims to assist Appogg in their excellent work in offering assistance to those being bullied and to compliment their existing campaigns.

Eden Leisure Group Marketing Manager, Kate de Cesare stated “Cyberbullying is a growing phenomenon and is becoming more and more concerning.  Because of the close contact 89.7 Bay has with Malta’s youth, we felt it our responsibility to help bring this issue to light and give people, particularly the younger generation, a course of action should they be experiencing online bullying, or know someone who is. Our partners, MITA and General Soft Drinks feel equally strong about this issue and we therefore teamed up together to take action by creating a national campaign.”

Sponsors of the #StopHate Campaign include InterContinetal Malta, Times of Maltam Air Malta and also Ministry for Education and Employment, the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity, the Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, Be Smart Online, Water Services Corporation, KidsMalta.com and Agenzija Zaghzagh.

Visit www.stophate.org.mt for more!