Amid children getting more exposed to the Internet and dependent on digital connectivity that put them at risk of sexual exploitation, Globe and Plan International Philippines partnered to launch Down to Zero: Building Back Better in times of the Covid-19 (DtZ) program.

“Along with the many advantages the internet brings to our daily lives, there are risks, too. We need to strengthen the online safety and security of customers, with emphasis on children, as we push the country’s digital transformation further,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications.

Funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DtZ program aims to better protect children and the youth and victims of sexual exploitation during and after the pandemic. It is a joint effort of Terre des Hommes Netherlands, Plan Netherlands, Defence for Children – ECPAT, Free a Girl, and ICCO Cooperation, under the leadership of Terre des Hommes Netherlands.

DtZ is tapping Globe’s award-winning Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP) to teach students, parents, and educators about digital citizenship, online safety, and responsible use of the internet. Combining these programs creates a valuable layer of protection around children, and their circle of influence, against the risks and threats of abuse and exploitation online.

Additionally, Globe made the DTP modules accessible for all online in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), Plan International Philippines, and UNICEF’s SaferKidsPH. Access the DTP e-Modules also by visiting the Globe Bridgecom YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/GlobeCSR.

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