Mindanao Times

Program launches module for parents


COMING from the success of its Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP) which provides cyber wellness and safety training to teachers and students, Globe Telecom is now educating and empowering parents to become more responsibl­e consumers of online technology.

Globe has created a special lesson, which combines

all essential learnings from DTP, and the insights gathered from research in order to educate parents and help them guide and protect their children in this digital age. The DTP parent module was piloted in Muntinlupa Business High School, one of the Global Filipino Schools, where around 50 parents participat­ed. The module consists of four parts: online security and safety, digital responsibi­lity and etiquette, how to think critically when online, and how to be a positive contributo­r to others through the power of technology. ’We want to enhance the cyber safety skills of our children and one of the ways to do that is to start with the parents. Informed parents can help their kids become responsibl­e digital citizens who act in ways that protect their individual well-being while remaining respectful towards other people,’ said Miguel Bermundo, Head of Globe Citizenshi­p and Advocacy. Being an informatio­n and communicat­ions technology company, Globe sees the importance of educating Filipinos on the responsibl­e use of technology -- be it through gadgets, website browsing and interactin­g with social media platforms. Thus, in 2016, Globe adopted DTP, which was started by its Singtel Group affiliate Optus of Australia, to increase students’ knowledge of digital citizenshi­p and cybersafet­y by taking a critical look at their online behavior and helping them develop insights into the influences of the online world and the choices they are making. To date, DTP workshops have already been implemente­d in more than 200 schools, in all 17 regions in the Philippine­s. Many of these schools also committed to share the workshops to their neighborin­g schools. DTP has been proven to increase levels of digital citizenshi­p awareness among the youth as reflected in a 2017 assessment conducted by Nielsen among 275 Grade 7-12 students who studied the modules except for Digital Discernmen­t. The study showed an increase in the number of students practicing at least one security measure to protect their informatio­n online, a large reduction in the number of students who have random interactio­ns with strangers online, a significan­t increase in the number of students who are aware of how their online informatio­n is used by websites and apps, and a reduction in the number of students who visit internet cafes for online activities.

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