What Filipinos can learn from South Korea and Cyberbullying
October 17, 2019 Franchesca Rivera
Cyberbullying is a global and rampant societal issue. And the Philippines is no exception. Here are some things Filipinos can learn from South Korea about cyberbullying.
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After the news broke from South Korea about the death of K-Pop idol Sulli, a lot of her fans and most of South Korea mourned the loss of yet another celebrity from the hands of mental illness. It was confirmed that Sulli had taken her own life due to depression from cyberbullying. And as shocking as it was, cyberbullying is in fact very common. It is a rampant and global societal issue, and the Philippines is no exception. But what South Korea has chosen to do about the death of Sulli is inspiring. So here are some things Filipinos can learn from South Korea and cyberbullying.
The Sulli Act
Lawmakers in South Korea have started to craft a bill called the ‘Sulli Act’ in honor of the late K-Pop idol Sulli. The act aims to counter cruel comments online or more precisely, cyberbullying. It was reportedly proposed by nine lawmakers from the National Assembly. And as early as now, over 200 celebrities, friends, and colleagues of Sulli are supporting the bill. As well as those who have experienced harsh comments from online bullies themselves.
100 organizations are also supporting the ‘Sulli Act’. Including several prominent South Korean NGO’s and the Korea Entertainment Management Organization (CEMA). The bill will be officially proposed at the National Assembly this coming December.
It’s amazing to see the leaders of their country openly face this issue, while here in the Philippines some are still saying that mental health issues are a myth. As of right now, the Philippines does not have laws criminalizing cyberbullying for adults. There is a clause in the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013 that includes cyberbullying but it only covers up to high school students.
Cyberbullying is a gateway to mental health illness
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In case this needed some clarification, cyberbullying is indeed a gateway to mental illness. Much like the case of Sulli, she committed suicide and quit the girl group f(x) because of cyberbullying. She took her own life because people who barely know her have said harsh things to her that was just too much.
Suicide is real. Mental Health Illness is real. Cyberbullying is a gateway to mental health illness. And words can indeed kill.
With our acceptance and support for Korean music and culture, what they’re doing about cyberbullying and mental health illness should also be something we can accept and support. If you yourself, are experiencing some mental health issues, check out our article on things you can do to keep your mental health in-check.
How do you feel about South Korea’s ‘Sulli Act’? Do you think the Philippines can follow in their footsteps about cyberbullying and mental health illness? We’d love to hear what you think! So share with us your thoughts in the comments down below! Or hit us up on our Facebook or Twitter @UDoUPh.