Monday, April 4, 2016

DepEd, educ partner launch guide on online safety for public school students

To guide and protect the Filipino children in the use of the internet, the Department of Education (DepEd) in partnership with Stairway Foundation launched the CyberSafe Project Manuals, which contain individual lesson plans targeting Grades 5 to 6 and Junior High Students.

The manual discusses online privacy and the risks the students face online, such as cyber bullying, sexting, and child pornography. It aims to develop students’ capacity to stay safe from online child abuse and harm, at the same time, educate teachers and parents about online safety.

Education Br. Armin Luistro FSC said, “Nine out of 10 Filipino students use the internet.” He said it is important to educate students of the risks they face online and involve their parents and teachers in taking an active role in child protection, adding, “Mahalaga ang manual na ito para magkaroon sila ng kaalaman at mahalaga din dito ang role ng mga magulang sa pag-agapay sa mga bata.”

“We should provide mechanisms for their [students’] protection against cyber offenses. As adults, parents, and educators it is our joint and moral responsibility to provide guidance and protection to them,” said Ponciano Menguito, Regional Director of DepEd National Capital Region.

Lars Jorgensen, executive director of Stairway Foundation, said the role of parents is crucial in promoting online safety among children. He added, “According to our survey, 50 percent of the kids are given any kind of advice on how to properly use this very unrestricted space. And that’s scary, because it is full of dangers. That’s where the parents come in; when a child is threatened they need to have a trusted adult to go to. That is why parents need to also know these things, so their children can go directly to them knowing their parents can relate to them.”

The manual will be available for download on The CyberSafe manual will be continuously updated to address the ever changing landscape of online child protection and to cover other grade levels. Its primary objective is to prevent online child abuse and bullying through instructional materials on online safety. (DepEd)

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