CHR reminds public: Right to privacy of children in bullying 'must always be protected'

CHR reminds public: Right to privacy of children in bullying 'must always be protected'

Bullying or the act of bullying has occupied the top spot in the news most specially in social media.

And with all the uproar it has generated the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) reminded the public, as well as the media, to protect the privacy of the children involved in the bullying reports.

CHR in its official page issued an advisory citing the provisions from the Republic Act No. 10627 or the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013, which was passed in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

CHR chair Chito Gascon (photo credit to owner)

“It is imperative that the right to privacy and confidentiality of all children involved must always be protected, not only by the school administrations, the parents, other parties concerned, the media, as well as users of social networks,” the CHR said.

CHR reminded everyone that the schools are the primary institutions responsible in educating the children against bullying and the creation of policies that will cater such delicate issues.

“Intervention of school officials, especially if the bullying incident transpired in the school premises, is needed to adequately address and if possible, to eliminate the same,” the CHR added.

Wilma Banaga, Children Protection Advisor of Program Development Quality of Save the Children Philippines said the  sharing of the bullying videos and calling for harsh punishments for the child who committed the act constitute “cyber-bullying” in itself.

“Save the Children Philippines believes that bullying should be taken seriously and immediately addressed by the school or community, and by the families of the children who are involved in this,” she said.

Banaga said parents and school authorities need to identify the causes of a child’s misbehaviors such as but not limited to bullying to address violence against children in all settings.

“We need to understand that a child might bully another due to difficulties in managing anger, aggression, non-tolerance for individual differences, experiences of violence at home, or the lack of good role models at home,” she said.
As per the 2015 National Baseline Study on Violence against Children (NBSVAC) of the Council for the Welfare of Children, bullying as a form of violence are being experienced by three out of five Filipino children.

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