Bullying in the Philippines is widespread in schools and over the Internet, with a study that states that about 50 per cent of Pilipino students are bullied in school. Bullying can easily affect both the bully and the victim, and that’s why the government in the Philippines is working hard to crack down on it. The latest measures include the signing the anti-bullying act of 2013, which criminalizes any act of bullying or cyber bullying that happens in the country. Read on to learn about bullying in The Philippines.
Cyber bullying in the Philippines
The affordability and availability of personal computing has allowed for an increase in cyber bullying across the world, and the Philippines is no different. Cyber bullying is the use of digital media to be unkind to others. This can include sending messages through social media, e-mail or text message, in order to make the victim feel uncomfortable, powerless or threatened.
Cyber bullying can also include hacking others’ social media accounts in order to steal secrets or assume their identity for the same purposes. With children and teens more connected than ever to their mobile devices and computers, this can make them vulnerable to bullying all day – at home, at school and anywhere else.
Cyber Bullying in The Philippines has become a major issue. The Philippines is considered the 4th country to search for cyber bullying over the Internet.
As well as specific anti-bullying legislation, The Philippines also have specific laws governing cybercrime. One piece of legislation that addresses this area is the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. This controls acts such as:
- Cybersex, or the wilful engagement, maintenance, control, or operation, directly or indirectly, of any lascivious exhibition of sexual organs or sexual activity, with the aid of a computer system, for favour or consideration.
- Child pornography, as defined in the Anti-child pornography Act of 2009.
- Illegal access, or access to some part or the whole computer system without having the right to.
- Identity theft.
- Password theft.
- Computer-related forgery
- Cybersquatting, or the acquisition of the domain name over the internet, in bad faith, to profit, mislead, destroy a reputation, and depriving others of registering the same subject to certain subjects.
School bullying in the Philippines
A survey that was recently conducted showed that one in two Filipino children have witnessed violence or abuse in their schools. It was also showed that students in the schools of Philippine witness the different types of bullying including name calling, teasing, exclusion, or forcing the victim to do things.
The Department of Education in the Philippines reported more than 1,700 cases of child abuse or bullying in schools for the years of 2013 and 2014. However this number is decreasing. The decrease may be due to an order in 2012 known as DepEd Child Protection Policy. This states the policy and guidelines for the child protection in schools against abuse, exploitation, violence, discrimination, and bullying.
The 2012 DepEd Child Protection Policy not only takes care of the violence targeted towards the children but it also looks at the family. Information is then referred to school administrators and teachers.
The House of Representatives in Philippine has approved a bill that requires all elementary and the secondary schools to adopt policies that prevent bullying or any other kind of violence in the schools. This bill requires the schools to include the anti-bullying policies. The schools then submit to the Department of Education after six months upon the effect of the law, and any incidents should be reported immediately, and in case of absence of the policies in any school, there is a sanction that falls on the school’s administrators.
Bullying stories in the Philippines
– A 5-year-old girl, a student at Fisher Valley College in Taguig, was the victim of physical bullying. Children in her class would pull her chair away when she tried to sit down, causing her to fall. When her parents knew of the incident they talked to the school about it and the school promised that an action would be taken. However, nothing happened. Due to this, the situation escalated and she got stabbed in the arm with a pencil. Ultimately the girl had to visit a psychologist to deal with the anxiety that these incidents caused.
– Another incident involved a 9-year-old boy from Tanong elementary school in Malabon, who was also subjected to a physical kind of bullying. The 4th grade school boy was in a critical condition after his classmates allegedly bullied him. The incident started when the mother found her son back from school with some bruises but she didn’t know what happened exactly, and when he suffered a fever at night she took him to the hospital and found out that he suffered an internal bleeding in his liver.
– Another cyber bullying incident in the Philippines was about the 27-year-old Raymond Malinay who was a Facebook fanatic. One day he found that he was hacked and his picture was being well edited and published as if it was stated from the AIDS society of Philippines saying that he has HIV, and he was wanted for spreading the deadly disease.
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