By: Tiffany Tan, ASP Board Secretary
House Bill 2361 or the Anti-Bullying Act of 2010 was filed yesterday, August 19, 2010, by Ako Bicol party-list representatives. Click here to watch video courtesy of GMA 7 Kapuso Network. (Below is a rough transcript of the video in English.)
Parents, are your children victims of threats or intimidation? Or what they call bullying? Please do not ignore this matter. According to experts, bullying can lead to serious consequences.
Children are not spared from bullying in schools. Bullying in the act is defined to include intimidation, ridicule, theft, physical abuse, extortion and sexual demands.
Specified in the act is cyberbullying, such as use of electronic devices like cellphones or social networking.
Children below 18 who commit these acts can also be held liable. Parents of bullies are not spared from the proposed act. They maybe held liable for the acts committed by their bully child against the victim and will be subject to mandatory counseling.
Another similar bill was filed by Senator Trillanes in 2008, Senate Bill 2943 Click here to read more. Ironically, the senator is currently detained in PNP for charges on rebellion. Trillanes also filed Senate Bill 3037 or the Philippine Commission on Autism. Click here to read more. Is he also being bullied? That will be another article.
Children with disabilities, including those with autism, are not spared from school bullies. Click here to the article Tips Against Bullying in Schools for preventive tips.
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