PNP to parents: Keep kids on tight watch amid cyberbullying, perils of internet use

Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 27 2019 06:29 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday reminded parents to closely monitor their children's internet use, citing threats such as cyberbullying, sexual predators, and potentially dangerous online challenges.

PNP chief Police General Oscar Albayalde issued the warning amid reports of an online "momo challenge" that encourages teens to do specific tasks including self-harm or even suicide.

"Sa ating mga magulang, kailangan po siguro bantayan natin ang ating mga anak rito. Siguro ang kailangan dito is 'yung talagang magabayan ang mga anak lalo na kapag sila ay wala sa atin, nandun sa mga schools," he told reporters in Camp Crame.

(To the parents, they need to closely monitor their children. They need to guide them especially if they are not with them or in school.)

"Well of course, 'yung mga guro din isa na rin ito na isama nila 'yung tamang pagturo upang maiwasan itong mga suicidal thinking ng ating mga kabataan or itong mga challenges na ginagawa through the internet."

(This, of course, includes teachers who should guide children to avoid suicidal thinking or these challenges on the internet.)

Albayalde said he has tasked the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group to look into the matter and take down or block such websites if possible.

To strengthen its drive against online sexual crimes, the PNP has tied up with the Australian Federal Police, the United Kingdom's National Crime Agency and human rights and anti-trafficking group International Justice Mission to beef up coordination and cross border cooperation to catch sexual predators.

"Nasa process pa tayo na ini-improve ang ating technology (We are in the process of improving our technology), that's why we have this partnership with our foreign counterparts," Albayalde said.

The system will also loop in the National Bureau of Investigation and other agencies.