Cyberbullying

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Bullying has long been a societal problem. It has, unfortunately, spread into the internet, most especially in social media. It’s called cyber bullying.

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.

Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles. –www.stopbullying.gov

A Google search with the keywords cyber bullying statistics will yield you jaw dropping results. According to an article posted by GMA 7 last March 2016, about 80% of young teens experience cyber bullying. While a website called AskSonnie ran an online survey two years ago to gauge the situation. It is non conclusive, the author said so himself, but the results cite that 53% of adults have experienced being bullied while it’s 47% of minors.

There is a law in the Philippines called the Republic Act No. 10627 or most commonly knowm as the Anti-Bullying Act of 2017 that requires schools to adopt policies to prevent and address the acts of bullying in their institutions. (cite) This law is very limited as it only covers the youth and incidents that occur in schools. A more recent bill, Anti Cyber-Bullying Act of 2015, was filled in the House of Representatives. This bill has a broader definition of bullying and penalties include fines and improsinment. (cite)

“Cyber-bullying is one such problem that the advancement in technology and social media has generated. It can potentially affect not only school-aged children, but also any individual who has access to a mobile phone or the internet,” Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr said.

“By penalizing acts of cyber-bullying, people are encouraged to become responsible netizens and make them accountable for their cyber-actions,”

The numbers and statistics do not lie. It is safe to say that cyber bullying is a problem that is present in our society. Where do we start to control this growing problem? How do we go proceed?

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