When being cyber bullied, there are practical ways to respond. But when the situation calls for it, don’t hesitate to get professional, legal and police assistance.

 
 
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Cyberbullying and Suicide

 
 

It was reported that there was an increase of cyber/bullying related suicides, and studies were being done to connect suicide to bullying incidence.

Although there certainly is a connection between the two, research highlights the complexity of the relationship.
 
 

Cyberbullying is a Violation of (Digital) Human Rights

 
 

Free speech is one of the human rights and a guaranteed constitutional right in the Philippines, however, it can  lead to abuse and border to harassment, bullying, cyber bullying, cyber abuse and negative online experience.

When a person is being cyberbullied or harassed online, their digital human right against discrimination, safety, privacy, live their life, move and express their thoughts, is being violated.

Suggested Reading: How To Handle: Right To Free Speech, Trolls And Bashing

 
 

Cyberbullying in the Philippines

 
 

 the anti-bullying act of 2013 .  Coverage is limited to high school students and minors.

While there are high profile cyber lynching cases reported by media, most incidents remain under reported. Since the anti-bullying act of 2013 covers only high school students and minors, adult victims, can seek legal remedy from some provisions of the Cybercrime and anti voyeurism law. Some provisions that can help adults are online libel, identity theft, recording, sharing of intimate images and videos

Adults and parents whose kids might become a victim of bullying must find time to read and understand the provisions of both the bullying and cybercrime law.
 
 

What to do when being cyber bullied

 
 

Always inform somebody when you are being cyber bullied, harassed, stalked or mobbed

 
 

  • As a minor, tell your parents or guardian. It is best to share this also to your class adviser or the school’s guidance office.¬†Parents, it’s best to inform the principal about the incident. As required by law, schools thru the Principal or his/her designate, should conduct an investigation.
  • As an adult, tell someone you trust, and if harassment is work related, it is wise to give your HR a heads-up.¬†If you’re experiencing¬†workplace bullying, here’s what you can do

 
 

Always keep a copy of the hate messages, degrading images and/or videos using a browser where the url is visible when taking a screenshot

 

  • do not delete text messages, email, tweets and PMs/DMs.
  • Always take a screenshot of the Facebook, Twitter and other social networ’s timeline
  • Download a copy of degrading images or videos to be kept as evidence

 
 

Block the accounts of the people who are harassing you.

 
 

  • Parents, do this immediately and have your kids take an online vacation
  • For adult victims, do this if the attacks are affecting you already but ask someone to monitor the accounts of the bully.
  • If you can, take an online vacation.¬†Use a different¬†CP numbers when necessary, but ask someone to monitor the¬†SMS in your original number. When cyber bullied using social media, report the account, photos and videos to social network providers
    • For Facebook abuses, if you do not have an account, report HERE
    • If you have a Facebook account and you wish to report a harassment/bullying follow this GUIDELINES
    • For Twitter abuses, report HERE
    • For Instagram, go HERE.

 
 

Seek professional. police and/or legal help when necessary.

 
 

According to this news report, if cyberbullying is happening to you or a love one, you can contact the National Bureau of Investigation at [email protected] or call 521-9208, local extensions 3429 (Chief) and 3497 (Staff).

 
 

If both the cyber bully victim and offender is minor

 
 

  • *Bully is from the same school – report to the child protection committee or the guidance counselor
  • *Bully is from another school – ¬†report to the offenders school
  • Bully is out of school youth – bring the matter to the barangay where the offender is residing

* the school will determine if aside from administrative sanction, there is a need to file criminal charges. If parents are not happy with handling, they can escalate the incident to Dep Ed.

** if there is no resolution at the barangay level, they can proceed to the Women and Child Protection Desk of the PNP or DSWD
 
 

If offenders are adult but cyber bully victims are either minor or women

 
 

  • Go to the nearest Women and Children’s Protection Desk of PNP
  • Alternately, you can file an online report here:¬†http://acg.pnp.gov.ph/main/?page_id=1047¬†(use cyber harassment) note: the online reporting form was removed and no longer available
  • Or visit either the PNP Cybercrime Unit at Camp Crame or the NBI Cybercrime Unit

 
 

If both the cyber bully victim and offender are adult

 
 

  • You can file an online report here:¬†http://acg.pnp.gov.ph/main/?page_id=1047 (use cyber harrassment)
    note: the online reporting form was removed and no longer available
  • Or visit either the PNP Cybercrime Unit at Camp Crame or the NBI Cybercrime Unit

 
 
Schools and Companies, for support purposes, should have a bullying and  social computing policy; and promote surf safe practices thru learning events and other interventions.   The policy should answer for the administrative discipline of the perpetrator. Likewise, a counselling program should also be in place for victims of any forms of bullying.
 
 

Have you or a love one experienced cyber bullying? What have you done to handle the situation?

 
 

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