- Arnold Mensah has shared his view on cyberbullying and its many effects
- According to him, cyberbullying is a crime and he called on victims to report it and also seek help
- He was speaking in an exclusive interview with YEN.com.gh following Efia Odo's case
Ghanaian media personality, Arnold Elavanyo Mensah, has waded into the issue of cyberbullying following the case of Efia Odo after she was tagged with Chelsea star, Callum Hudson Odoi.
While speaking in an exclusive interview with YEN.com.gh to give his take on cyberbullying, the host of Vibes In 5 spelled out a number of salient points.
He indicated that cyberbullying was a punishable act in many jurisdictions and also touched on some of the things victims of cyberbullying had to do.
"First and foremost, Cyber Bullying is a crime punishable by law in some jurisdictions. It comes in forms such as hate speech, harassment, stalking," he noted.
Arnold Mensah then touched on the fact that the victims of cyberbullying cut across gender and that more often than not, women experience this more than men.
"Cyberbullying has to a large extent, the same effect that physical bullying has on the victim. A lot of people, especially women have had their fair share of this unpleasantness in Ghana."
Touching on how the canker may be eradicated from society, Arnold Elavanyo Mensah called for the creation and implementation of "drastic measures".
"Some drastic measures have to be taken to curb the high rate at which this phenomenon keeps increasing in our internet space to make the virtual world a safe place for all regardless of the individual's gender," he opined.
Speaking on the adverse effects of the phenomenon, Arnold Mensah noted that: "victims of cyberbullying become anti-social, some even develop inferiority complexes depending on the seriousness of the harassment. Others commit suicide or become totally withdrawn. The act of cyberbullying shouldn't be encouraged in any way, shape, or form".
His final words on the issue was that: "users on the internet should also be vigilant and quickly seek for help or report to the appropriate authorities as soon as they detect the act of cyberbullying."
Arnold's words follow a recent case of cyberbullying which forced Ghanaian actress Andrea Owusu, famed as Efia Odo, to deactivate her Twitter account.
According to her, the action was necessitated after some social media users tagged her with Chelsea star, Callum Hudson-Odoi.
She indicated that there was an agenda on the micro-blogging site to paint the picture that she was going to be the first lady to warm the bed of the 20-year-old footballer.
Efia Odo revealed that she was pained by the picture people wanted to paint of her and said she was leaving social media because she was being made to feel like "crap".
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