With day to day life mostly done online amid the pandemic, families are expected to use the internet responsibly more than ever. And to help these families get in the right direction to become responsible netizens, Globe hosted its first-ever webinar entitled, Kids & Tech: Parenting in the Digital Age.

Under the webinar, the panelists shared the Parent Module, a family-oriented approach to digital citizenship, which hosts a series of workshops taught to students on how to help cultivate a safer online environment. This follows the framework of the Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP) that includes participants learning about the risks of going online and how to protect themselves.

Common advises to navigate safely online are the following:

  • Information is valuable – Families are taught that all data presented online are important, as hackers can get into their accounts by using these data they share. Putting strong passwords is crucial to protect themselves from being hacked.
  • Be wary of hashtags – While seemingly harmless at first, what families or kids put in their hashtags may put their privacy in danger. For instance, sharing your location in the form of hashtags might expose you to letting everyone online know where you are. Even Hashtags like #cutekids and #bathtime can be used by sexual predators to look for their next victim.
  • There is forever online – Always keep in mind that any content posted on the internet will be there forever. While platforms can delete their posted content, others can still download or take screenshots of them. The general rule for netizens to follow is to think twice before posting anything online.
  • Rely on credible news sites – Harmful websites are pretending to be reliable news sources online. Know if these platforms deliver well-researched and factual data before sharing it around, as it may lead to the spread of misinformation accidentally.
  • Know the organizations that can help – It’s also essential to store contact details of helpful organizations, especially in times of emergency. Examples include #2919 for Hopeline Philippines and #163 for Bantay Bata. Both are toll-free numbers for Globe and TM subscribers.

Learn more about the Digital Thumbprint Program through this website: http://www1.globe.com.ph/globebridgecom/learning/digital-thumbprint.

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