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PIA Press Release
2009/06/19

Davao youth TV reporters tackle bullying in schools

by RG Alama

Davao City (19 June) -- Mark Lloyd Revilla and Paul Acol, Kabataan X-Press reporters from Davao, has just produced Davao's contribution to the Unicef's Children Against Violence youth documentaries which showcases the works of different youth TV journalists all over the country tackling the many forms of violence against children.

Simply titled Bullying, the Davao documentary tackles bullying in schools, which is often a neglected aspect in the campaign against child violence.

The School is a place where children study, play and meet friends. It is also a place where students learn good manners and the difference of right from wrong. In a place considered as the second home of most children, it is unfortunate that it is also a venue where violence exists in the form of bullying. So says the intro to the documentary.

Culling their interviews from resource persons which consist of guidance counselors, the documentary seeks to highlight the destructive effects of bullying which as defined is an act of violence or aggression done by students to their peers.

Interviewee Gina Lamson, a guidance counselor also bares that bullies or the aggressors, often do this to peers who appear weak, gullible or less assertive. She also said that bullying can be in the form of physical, psychological or verbal abuse and these effects can lead to trauma, depression and if left uncheck can lead to suicide.

In the Philippines, 37% of females aged 13 to 15 have been bullied while 36% of males of the same ages have been bullied. This is according to the World Report on Violence Against Children.

The video shows actual testimonies of bullied persons and reenactments set in one public elementary school in the city. Mark Lloyd Revilla said that aside from shooting the documentary, the team also got a chance to share to the students their important insights on bullying and violence in schools.

Kabataan X-Press is a program of the Unicef's Kabataan News Network or KNN. A novel youth communications program where teen-agers age 14-19 conceptualized, write, shoot, narrate, docu-style their own videos. Their stories are often inspired by the youth reporter's family, friends, environment and society.

These stories are uploaded on the internet, where one can see the works online at www.kabataannews.com. (PIA XI) [top]

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