Globe, Facebook, DepEd educate children against digital risks

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 07 2018 05:00 PM

MANILA – Globe Telecom said Wednesday it collaborated with Facebook and the Department of Education to promote responsible use of digital channels among school children.

The 2018 DQ Global Impact Report, a survey conducted with the World Economic Forum, showed that 56 percent of kids 8 to 12 years old worldwide are exposed to cyber risks.

Based on the same report, 73 percent of children in the same age bracket are exposed to risks such as cyber-bullying, video game addiction, online sexual behavior and digital misinformation.

The Philippines ranked second among 29 countries in terms of children's exposure to cyber risks, according to the report.

"Before they start actively engaging in social media or owing their mobile phone, we need to empower our children with digital citizenship skills to mitigate cyber-risks and maximize the opportunity of technology," said DQ Institute founder Yuhyun Park.

Critical thinking, identifying credible information and verifying online sources are some of the topics that will be discussed in the workshop, Globe said.

The pilot workshop was held last Feb. 6, 2018 covering 100 public high school students from Metro Manila. 

Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu (center) led the program launch joined by Globe Senior Vice President Nikko Acosta, DQ representative Galvin Ngo, Facebook Head of Community Affairs in Asia Pacific Clair Deevy and DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali. Globe Telecom