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One of my pax at the Watcha Webtrap! Corporate Edition came from the academe. Somehow, my suspicion about cyber bullying was bolstered when she shared about their cyber bullying case last SY.
The involved kid was bullied using a fake Facebook account, created a to malign her character and reputation. She and her parents were unaware until one of the staff found this out. As a result, the victim absented herself for almost a month, distraught and afraid. The school can’t do anything too as it’s current policy do not cover this, and they are not familiar with social computing.
I believe there are more cyberbullying cases in the Philippines but remain unreported and addressed. As internet penetration rate in PH increases with smart phones, internet cafe’s and internet access subscription at home becomes affordable, cyber crimes will not only thrive, but also cyber bullying.
Just like cyber crime, we also do not have a cyberbullying law, but there are pending bills at both houses of congress. Though GMA 7 embraced our advocacy and launched “think before you click” campaign, more has to be done.
I believe there are actual occurrence of cyber bullying but remain unreported. It is a threat to our kids BUT unrecognized and unaddressed. The following factors are contributory:
Here are my proactive suggestions [as shared in this blog time and again] until an anti cyber bullying law is passed. Preventive is better than cure as they say.
Can you think of other ways to raise awareness on cyber bullying and how to prevent this?