Zonta Cebu 2 tack­les cy­ber­bul­ly­ing

Sun.Star Cebu - - LIVE! - CHINGGAY V. UTZURRUM r_utzur­rum@ya­hoo.com

An ex­tremely rel­e­vant so­cial is­sue, a cam­paign against cy­ber­bul­ly­ing was the thrust of the Zonta Club of Cebu 2, when they or­ga­nized the fo­rum, “Don’t be Mean Be­hind the Screen - Si­lence the Threat of Cy­ber Bul­ly­ing.”

The se­ries was held at two venues: The So­cial Hall of the Cebu Provin­cial Capi­tol and the Marcelo B. Fer­nan Cebu Press Cen­ter.

The dis­turb­ing is­sue was ex­pertly han­dled by the fol­low­ing speak­ers: Ys­rael Ace Diloy, who ex­pounded on “An Over­view of In­ter­net Use/So­cial Me­dia: Its Ben­e­fits and Dan­gers”; Ado­les­cent Medicine spe­cial­ist Emma A. Llanto, MD, who tack­led “Cy­ber Bul­ly­ing: The Off­line Im­pact of On­line Bul­ly­ing”; and Priscilla G. Fer­nando, RPSY clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist, who pre­sented “Pro­file of Cy­ber Bul­lies: Who They Are and Why They Do It.”

Last but not the least, Zon­tian Mae Elaine T. Bathan tack­led the le­gal an­gle with “Le­gal Im­pli­ca­tions of Cy­ber Bul­ly­ing: Salient Points of the Ap­pli­ca­ble Laws Against Cy­ber Bul­ly­ing in the Philip­pines.”

Af­ter each dy­namic speaker ended his talk, a lively and in­for­ma­tive Ques­tion and An­swer por­tion fol­lowed.

The fo­rum had the usual un­stinted sup­port of the Cebu Provin­cial Govern­ment, with the wel­come re­marks de­liv­ered by no less than Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Mag­pale.

TALKS. Seated are speak­ers dur­ing the fo­rum (from left) Ys­rael Ace C. Diloy, Ma. Emma A. Llanto, Priscilla G. Fer­nando. With the speak­ers are Zonta Club of Cebu 2 pres­i­dent Vivien Seno and Zon­tian Mar­ilou Cañizares, project chair­per­son. Be­hind them are the Zon­tians who hosted the fo­rum.

HAPPY. Smil­ing Zon­tians pose with speaker Ma. Emma Llanto (third from right). From left are Terry Manguerra, Mar­ilu Chiong­bian, Chit Van Gelder, Wi Suan Tiu, pres­i­dent Vivien Seno and Odette Jereza.

CAM­PAIGN. The streamer an­nounc­ing the project: “Don’t Be Mean Be­hind the Screen,” a fo­rum on the threat of cy­ber­bul­ly­ing.

SPEAKER. Priscilla G. Fer­nando (left), with Zon­tians Car­men Go, Vir­gie Capili and Lucy Car­cel.

BIRTH­DAYS. On the lighter side, Jan­uary birth­day cel­e­brants blow their cake can­dles: From left are Terry Manguerra, Angie Es­caño and Elsa Ba­subas.

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