MANILA, Philippines – The responsible use of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter should be taught in classrooms, a lawmaker said on Wednesday.
Kabataan party-list Rep. Raymond Palatino has filed House Resolution No. 2901, which urges the Department of Education (DepEd) to consider including social media topics in the basic education curriculum of elementary and high school.
"More and more cyberbullying incidents are being reported in recent days. There are those who believe that Congress should be legislating laws to penalize such acts. However, we believe that teaching social media topics during the formative years of students could be a far better solution," Palatino said in a statement.
"Many of us will remember that in our earliest years in school, we are taught good moral and right conduct. In the age of Facebook and Twitter, it is but apt to include topics on responsible use of social media in the basic ed curriculum," he added.
Palatino also said teaching students on how to use social media responsibly may help avoid cyberbullying and other crimes committed online.
A study by Yahoo-Nielsen showed that around 50% of the youth between the ages 10 to 19 go online to use social networking sites.
The number of Internet users in the country is estimated to reach 30 million.