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One click and you can't take it back, kindness movement head warns pupils at cyber event

Published on Feb 12, 2014 8:31 PM

Things said online are instant, public, viral and permanent, the man behind Singapore's kindness drive told about 400 children gathered at the School of Science and Technology at Commonwealth Avenue West on Wednesday.

"Once you click on the button, you can't take it back," said Dr William Wan, general secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement, at an annual cyber wellness conference held by the Education Ministry to spread awareness about good online practices amongst students.

He warned the pupils - ambassadors of cyber wellness in their schools - that one's behaviour online "may even affect the people we love". He was referring in particular to the case of Briton Anton Casey, who was flamed online after making disparaging comments about public transport commuters in Singapore. His young son was also targeted by online attacks.

Dr Wan also cited the example of former NTUC employee Amy Cheong to highlight the importance of responsible online behaviour. Ms Cheong had drawn flak from netizens and later lost her job, after making insensitive comments about Malay weddings.

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