Atty. Talabong leads Anti-Cyber Bullying Seminar

Article/News by: Ressa Laine Gonzales and Bea Marielle Jimenez (The Heart Publication)

“Bullying results to students having the irrational fear of getting hurt physically or emotionally or that his/her belongings will be destroyed,” said Atty. Donabella C. Talabong in the vernacular during the Anti-Cyber Bullying and Tech talk Seminar, August 13 at the SHC Rendu Cultural Center and Gymnasium.

Janine S. Villamater, Philippine Junior Marketers’ Association (PJMA) secretary, lead the opening prayer while Mr. Arnel L. Cadeliña, Dean of the College of Accountancy, Business Administration, and Computer Science, delivered his opening remarks. Atty. Talabong also explained to students the provisions of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, otherwise known as RA 9344.

Bullying involves destructive or derogatory remarks or accusations that result to emotional distress, such as profane words, “name-calling”, at destructive criticisms.

Atty. Talabong’s discussion defined Cyber Bullying as any bullying done through the use of technology or any electronic means. It shall also include any conduct resulting to harassment, intimidation, or humiliation, through the use of other forms of technology.

According to her, children under 15 years of age at the time of the commission of offense are exempt from criminal liability. However, they shall be subject to an intervention program. On the other hand, those who are above 15 years but below 18 years of age shall also be exempt from criminal liability unless he/she has acted with discernment.

Prevention programs should also be put in place added Atty. Talabong. Said programs may contain among others: (1) school-wide initiatives, (2) classroom-level initiatives, and (3) programs involving parents in bullying prevention activities.

In attendance during the seminar were the College of Accountancy, Business Administration, Computer Science, and Social Work. The seminar was organized for the students to have a broader understanding about bullying and its effects.

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