Do you consider yourself a human?

How can you sit down and write spiteful words against someone who never did you wrong? And on top of all that, why post them in the digital world where everyone can see?

How can you weave horrifying sentences like, ‘you are nothing’ ‘everybody hates you’ and ‘kill yourself’ without a second thought upon the wrath your words will bring to that poor soul? Do you not perceive how this can affect their conscious thoughts? Do you not perceive how this can ruin their lives?

I do not understand how anyone – anyone in particular – can manifest these sinful acts upon a soul who never did them wrong.

Therefore I tell you, go to your vanity and stare back at your reflection.

Now, little one, ask yourself this question:

‘Do you consider yourself a human being?’

– Erica Allanigue, thoughts on Cyber Bullying

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How do Schools address the Victims of Cyber Bullying?

Culhane, Luke. (2016, February 09). Cyber Bullying : Create No Hate. [Youtube] Retrieved from https://youtu.be/MV5v0m6pEMs

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Research specifies that there are certain approaches how schools addressed the victims of cyber bullying. One study revealed that among the selected ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) member countries, only the Philippines have a cyber bullying law that explicitly addresses the students by ordering the involvement of schools to make policies, rules and regulations regarding the issue under Republic Act 10627. They conducted a qualitative research through a discourse analysis of cyber bullying laws and alternative strategies addressing said concern; and literature review of online journals, publications, and news articles (Ruiz, 2019). Another study declared that given the difficulty schools face in preventing or even detecting cyber bullying, health care providers are an important ally, due to their knowledge of the youth, the sense of trust they bring to youth, and their independence from the school setting (Vaillancourt et al., 2016). Moreover, a study reported that most of the students feel pleasant on cyber bullying as the university administration officers continuously drives information awareness campaign that decreases fear and unpleasant emotion among the high school students (Vargas et al., 2017). Thus, all the mediums schools have had used upon this study cultivates substantial results.

References:

1. Ruiz, R. M. N. M. (2019). Curbing Cyber Bullying among Students: A Comparative Analysis of Existing Laws Among Selected ASEAN Countries. PEOPLE: International Journal of Social Sciences, 4(3), 1285-1305. GRDS Publishing, 15. 

2. Vaillancourt, T. & Mishna, F. (2016). Cyberbullying in Children and Youth: Implications for Health and Clinical Practice. Sage Publication, 4.

3. Vargas, E., Hernandez, A., Marquez, P., Niguidula, J., Caballero, J. (2017). Senior High School Students Cyber Bullying Experience: A Case of University in the Philippines. Research Gate, 4.

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A Short Poem concerning Cyber Bullying.

Internet War

I look online

at this virtual world

we all live in today.

And I find a hidden war

that never seems to end.

Cruel words hidden as bombs.

Barbaric comments hidden as guns.

As I walk through this torn battlefield,

with blood spilled everywhere,

I find not a single page 

with peace instead of war.

People seem to become so mean

just because it isn’t face to face.

People turn into monsters,

monsters that bite and ****.

It’s like people seem to think

their words have no impact,

their message is just a joke.

But this war on the Internet

is more real than before.

There are crying people,

bullied people,

who catch these bullets 

that people have sent,

and decide that maybe life isn’t worth living anymore.

There are wounded people,

wanting for just some love,

only to find hate and anger 

written wherever they go

in this Internet war today.

This war may be virtual, 

but it’s real and alive

even as we speak.

Some people wonder why 

suicides are so often.

Some people wonder why

teens are becoming so depressed.

All they have to do is open

their computer and their minds

to this Internet war we have today.

– Hailey Ngo