Google unveils poetry, videos for 'Cyberpeace' campaign

Nika Lazo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 09 2021 07:03 PM | Updated as of Mar 18 2021 09:02 PM

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The logo of Google Philippines' Cyberpeace campaign. Screen grab from Google PH launch

MANILA - Google Philippines unveiled a collection of poetry and videos on the Google PH YouTube channel on Tuesday to promote "Cyberpeace", a campaign for safe and responsible online practices.

Launched together with NGO partner Teach Peace Build Peace Movement, the spoken word and animated videos feature scenarios that aim to teach Filipinos online etiquette, and how to be a "cyberpeace hero".


"Our key topics are critical thinking, internet safety and online kindness. Our goal is to help Filipinos be more secure online and address issues like scams, misinformation, cyberbullying, and cancel culture," said Bernadette Nacario, Google's country director for the Philippines.

She said Google, along with its partners and youth volunteers recently held a series of social media webinars that reached over 416,000 netizens -- the majority of which were students and teachers.

Google Philippines head for government relations Yves Gonzalez said that 'cyberpeace' needs to be taken seriously as Filipinos spend more time on the internet.

"Naturally with the world in a pandemic, digital responsibility is not an immediate priority. But as we get to community quarantine with less restrictions, people spend more and more time online, and this motivated us to continue the 'Cyberpeace' program," Gonzalez said.

Nacario added that they have been engaging YouTube creators and personalities, as well as youth and community volunteers for a more responsible content creation, and to help spread these lessons to their audiences.

Google said the campaign was launched in partnership with NGO Teach Peace Build Peace Movement, and the Department of Education.

Filipinos were the top social media and internet users in the world in 2021, 2019 and 2018, spending an average of 4 hours and 15 minutes each day on social media.


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