Pro­gram launches mod­ule for par­ents

Mindanao Times - - BUSINESS -

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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