Statistics shows that about 42% of kids had been bullied. But it is not limited to kids nowadays because with the presence of the Internet everyone, whatever age can be bullied through CYBERBULLYING. Take for example the case of Jonathan Diesta who had been cyberbullied online trough harsh comments in a photo on Facebook. This led him to write an article which was published by News Around Us.

We thank Jonathan for publishing such a comprehensive article although there is still the absence of a law which would penalize and determine the legal concept of cyberbullying. I hope that our new Congress in the Philippines would pass a law defining and penalizing cyberbullying.

What is Bullying and Cyberbullying

According to Bill Belsey, Cyberbulying "involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others."

The National Crime Prevention Council of the United States definition of cyber-bullying is "when the Internet, cell phones or other devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person.", an expert organization dedicated to Internet safety, security and privacy, defines cyberbullying as: "a situation when a child, tween or teen is repeatedly 'tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted' by another child or teenager using text messaging, email, instant messaging or any other type of digital technology."

Another definition comes from Limber, Kowalski and Agatston, "Bullying through email, through instant messaging, in a chat room, in a website or gaming site, through digital messages, or images sent on a cellular phone."

Technically speaking in the Philippines and perhaps around the world the most number of bullies can be found in Online Games. Teasing and harassment are very common in them.

Here are some Public Service Video about Cyberbullying:

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  1. Anonymous // September 20, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Ano po yung source nyo nung statistics dun sa cyber bullying? Thanks.