Bullying has always been an issue that is extremely difficult to address despite the government’s continued reinforcement of the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013 and the growing support from different organization to put a stop on it and continued encouragement of law firms for people to legally address cyber criminality. And with the rise of the internet age arise a new brand of bullying—cyber bullying.
It is undeniable how the internet has revolutionized Filipino’s way of living. Steadily walking away from being a couch potato—mobile phones, tablets, and computers have slowly replaced televisions as sources of entertainment in the lives of Filipinos. Communicating with your love ones from distant places has also been made easier. Even business arrangements and office work can be accomplished within your fingertips. And with its availability and accessibility, it has been one of the primary sources of news and headlines.
The current times have only been evidence that it will get easier from this point on to gain access to the internet and more and more users are being connected to it. As of 2015, if every active Filipino internet user will form a one big internet country, there will be enough people to match the population of Ukraine. Is has grown by nearly 18 percent since January 2014. The Philippines is currently 16th in the world ranking when it comes to internet usage. An average Filipino internet user enjoys an average of 6 hours of daily internet dose. Among their most visited social platforms are Facebook, Skype, Google+, Twitter, Viber, and Instagram.
These data are just proofs on how cyber-bullying can seriously go from bad to WTF—the accessibility and availability of these social media platforms where cyber-bullying can take place can spread a certain snide comment, a poorly-thought-about statement, or an embarrassing photo and video like wildfire within seconds. And next thing you’ll know, you have been a victim of social-media shaming and bashing from people you don’t even know and you’ll be hiding under a rock for the rest of your days or until another unlucky soul becomes another victim of cyber-bullying. There are also extreme cases when the victim falls into deep depression and it started to affect his public reputation so much that lasting effects like antisocial behavior develop.
Alarmingly, the Philippines now ranks as 4th leading country to look up for “cyber bullying” at Google. Presumably, this could only mean two things: first, people are too afraid to come out and admit that they are being bullied and; on a more positive light, that Filipinos are gaining awareness and wants to learn more about cyber bullying. But nonetheless, if people are resorting to search engines to learn about cyber bullying then this could only mean this issue requires immediate attention.
Cyber bullying is a serious matter that everyone should be aware of. And if you think that there is need for you to seek for legal advises regarding this matter, there are law offices and law firms in the Philippines who will readily provide you with their expert opinion.
In the coming years, we can only expect that the internet will continue to change our lives. We may not have any control on the possible effects that it might bring, but we can take control of the things that we need to know.