"Hi"-tech solution... for an age-old problem in Singapore

as mentioned in Sg_Review, and as published by Reuters

with added comments, by Jeff! Lim

Bullies face high-tech wrath in Singapore
Tue 7 September, 2004 07:16

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore has a high-tech solution for an age-old problem: school bullying.

The wealthy city-state has begun a mobile phone campaign to stop bullying in classrooms, urging tens of thousands of children to send the message: "Be cool, be bully-free" across their mobile networks in the hope that bullies will yield to peer pressure. [??? ... an incredulous expression starts to spread across my face....]

"This campaign gives the victim the opportunity to confront the issue by sending the text to the bully," said Al---- Tan, executive director of the Singapore Children Society. [yeah, right!!! "hey, u're not cool; don't beat me up!!!"]

About 80 percent of Singaporeans own a mobile phone, one of the highest penetration rates in the world, with more than 50 million text messages sent each day.

The campaign, due to begin September 13, is one of many state-led social programmes in orderly Singapore that, among other things, have exhorted citizens in the past to smile more, speak better English, tidy up public toilets and to have more babies [i'd rather have more . . . S.. never mind.].

2 HaHaas:

Blogger CaBin HaHaa-ed:

wat a farce of a compaign. i do not know where to begin on how stupid and pointless this is. not to mention the telecommunication industry is going to gain from this...

bah!!...leaves a bad taste in my mouth...

Thursday, September 09, 2004 9:05:00 PM  
Blogger Jeff! Lim HaHaa-ed:

yeahhh, man... - did u hear about the big sms campaign protest in the philippines about the raising of sms rates??? :) i really couldnt get the logic of that...

Thursday, September 09, 2004 9:45:00 PM  

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