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Dealing With The Real-Life Cybugs

The digital world is fun, but it also poses several risks to our children such as cyberbullying.

The cybugs that live among us.

In the third instalment of The Plano Adventures, Attack of the Cybugs, Zed and Zee encounter nasty cybugs who taunt and criticize The Clear Vision Recipe. Their harsh words emotionally wound the boys and scare them.

These cybugs don’t live in storybooks alone though, they live among us and behind digital screens: cyberbullies. In today’s digital age, it’s not uncommon to find online bullies who hide behind a screen of anonymity. They may hurl unpleasant and unwarranted criticisms at innocent users without a care about the potential implications because they believe they won’t be found.However, the reality is that these bullies may be closer than we think. Cyberbullying is sadly becoming a common phenomenon now, especially, and unfortunately, in schools. According to a survey done in Singapore, 3 in 4 students have admitted to being victims of cyberbullying, and 89% have reported to have taken no action against their perpetrators.

Take back your power.

Not all hope is lost though. Just like how the Clear Vision Recipe states that we should use ‘MyPower’ to help ourselves, there are measures that you can take to protect your child from cyberbullying. At the same time, your child should not be afraid to inform an adult about the bullying. At the end of the day, your child needs to be protected from falling prey to these bullies. In the unfortunate scenario that they become victims, it is critical to give them a safe and open space to talk about their feelings candidly.

Attack of the Cybugs is an important story that warns about the risks that the internet may pose. In spite of the convenience and fun that the internet may offer, it is also important to be aware of the dangers and understand how we can shield ourselves from them. The book also teaches us how to stand up to the bullies we may face and take back our own power.

If you would like to purchase Attack of the Cybugs, or any of the other 4 books in the series, you may find them in Singapore at Kinokuniya, Times Bookstores, and at Popular. Alternatively, buy them online on Amazon or Book Depository.  

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