Parents' help needed vs cyberbullying - DepEd

Jaehwa Bernardo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 05 2020 01:04 PM

MANILA - The Department of Education (DepEd) said Tuesday it needs the help of parents and guardians to protect children who engage in online learning from cyberbullying.

Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said children also need to be discerning with the content and websites they visit.

"'Yong pagpunta sa ibang sites ay kailangan namin ang tulong ng mga magulang at kasama sa bahay ng mga bata," he said in a virtual press briefing.

"Importante 'yong kaalaman mismo ng mga mag-aaral natin to be very discerning in looking at digital content and online content," he added.

Malaluan assured the public that the content uploaded on the agency's online learning platform, the DepEd Commons, has been reviewed by its Bureau of Learning Resources and Bureau of Curriculum Development.

The DepEd Commons, which has logged over 4 million users during the enhanced community quarantine period, contains review materials and other resources authored by experts.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones, in the same briefing, said there are civil society organizations giving training to parents and children to prevent cyberbullying incidents.

Online learning is one of various approaches that the DepEd will implement to deliver lessons for the next academic year as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt traditional face-to-face learning.