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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Can You File Charges Against Your Social Media Basher?

In this era where everyone has their own smartphones and ready internet access through free wifi hotspots everywhere, we can all have access to important pieces of information. However, we are also vulnerable to things like stalking and cyberbullying. Like physical or verbal bullying which happens face to face, cyberbullying leaves ill feeling to the victim which oftentimes leads to low self-esteem and depression.
Can we do something about it? Can we file charges to these social media bashers?
In this era where everyone has their own smartphone and ready internet access through free wifi hotspots everywhere, we can all have access to important pieces of information. However, we are also vulnerable to things like stalking and cyberbullying. Like physical or verbal bullying which happens face to face, cyberbullying leaves ill feeling to the victim which oftentimes leads to low self-esteem and depression.  Can we do something about it? Can we file charges to these social media bashers?      Ads    Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like smartphones, computers, and tablets. It can occur through text, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate or share content. It includes sending, posting, or sharing a negative, harmful, or false comment about someone which includes sharing personal or private information about the victim which causes embarrassment or humiliation. It can even cross the line into an unlawful or criminal act.   Can anyone be jailed for bullying?  Although there are existing laws on bullying in schools which protects the elementary and secondary students from physical verbal or electronic bullying, there are still no existing laws against cyberbullying outside schools and among adults.    RA10627 or the anti-bullying act of 2013 only covers bullying which happens within the school premises and the discretion of penalties depends on the policy of the school and they are merely administrative actions at the school administrations end.  Although there is an existing law against cyber libel or crimes committed using the internet or computer systems but bullying is not among them.   Social media is known to be a breeding ground for cyber bullies. They become more ferocious online due to anonymity and they can change everything about them providing them shield from their victims.   Cyberbullying is dangerous. It can cause depression among the victims. In some cases, bullying using social media or the internet could cause the victims to commit suicide.    Can you do anything about it?  If you think that a post or comment on social media is affecting you like bullying, you can always hit the report button. You can also take a screenshot of the post and show it to the principal of the school and let them do the necessary reprimand against the offender.   If the act can be proved as cyber libel, it can be punishable by 12years imprisonment, but it has to be proven accordingly.   As parents, especially overseas Filipino workers who are not physically present with your children, you must be aware of the forms of cyberbullying that might already be affecting your kids.  Even miles away, you should make sure that you monitor your kids' activities online just by talking to them and asking them.  Filed under the category of depression, free wifi hotspots, information, internet access, low self-esteem, social media bashers
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Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like smartphones, computers, and tablets. It can occur through text, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate or share content. It includes sending, posting, or sharing a negative, harmful, or false comment about someone which includes sharing personal or private information about the victim which causes embarrassment or humiliation. It can even cross the line into an unlawful or criminal act.

Can anyone be jailed for bullying?
Although there are existing laws on bullying in schools which protects the elementary and secondary students from physical verbal or electronic bullying, there are still no existing laws against cyberbullying outside schools and among adults.

 RA10627 or the anti-bullying act of 2013 only covers bullying which happens within the school premises and the discretion of penalties depends on the policy of the school and they are merely administrative actions at the school administrations end.
Although there is an existing law against cyber libel or crimes committed using the internet or computer systems but bullying is not among them.

Social media is known to be a breeding ground for cyber bullies. They become more ferocious online due to anonymity and they can change everything about them providing them shield from their victims.

Cyberbullying is dangerous. It can cause depression among the victims. In some cases, bullying using social media or the internet could cause the victims to commit suicide. 

Can you do anything about it?
If you think that a post or comment on social media is affecting you like bullying, you can always hit the report button. You can also take a screenshot of the post and show it to the principal of the school and let them do the necessary reprimand against the offender. 
If the act can be proved as cyber libel, it can be punishable by 12 years imprisonment, but it has to be proven accordingly.

As parents, especially overseas Filipino workers who are not physically present with your children, you must be aware of the forms of cyberbullying that might already be affecting your kids.
Even miles away, you should make sure that you monitor your kids' activities online just by talking to them and asking them.
Filed under the category of depression, free wifi hotspots, information, internet access, low self-esteem, social media bashers 

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