PH ranks near bottom in child online safety index

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Posted at Feb 13 2020 12:09 AM

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The Philippines ranks 23rd out of 30 countries in the first-ever child online safety index by the international think-tank DQ Institute.

This means the country displayed below-average performance in terms of keeping the online environment safe for children.

But despite the low ranking, Google Philippines believes the country has taken steps to make the internet a safer place.

"I believe we've made certain steps as well to make the internet a safer place for everyone. So more and more coalitions are happening to help reinforce digital citizenship, like what Google and other private companies are doing," Mervin Wenke, communications and public affairs head of Google Philippines, said.

"At the same time, the awareness level is there, in terms of, like what is mentioned, parents are aware of the threats online, therefore they are also aware that there is a need to guard and to supervise their kids," he added.