Dig­i­tal child pro­tec­tion law sought

Sun.Star Baguio - - Top Stories - Lau­ren Alimondo Sun*Star Re­porter

LA TRINIDAD is eye­ing an or­di­nance that would strengthen the bat­tle against ad­verse ef­fect of dig­i­tal and on­line tech­nolo­gies among chil­dren.

Au­thored by Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan pres­i­dent Apoli­nario Bagano Jr. and Coun­cilor Rod­er­ick Awingan, the La Trinidad On­line and Dig­i­tal Child Pro­tec­tion Or­di­nance stated par­ents are also left be­hind and want to learn more about the emerg­ing dig­i­tal world in which their chil­dren are grow­ing up.

“They must be abreast of the neg­a­tive ef­fects of tech­nol­ogy and dig­i­tal me­dia plat­forms and ways how they can pro­tect their chil­dren,” the pro­posed mea­sure said.

Awingan said the pro­posed mea­sure is push­ing for dig­i­tal and on­line child pro­tec­tion pro­grams in La Trinidad.

“With the youth ad­dicted to on­line gam­ing and com­puter re­lated gad­gets, it is now the role of govern­ment to strengthen par­ent­ing through ca­pa­bil­ity build­ing pro­grams,” adds Awingan.

The pro­posed mea­sure aims to pro­vide the lo­cal govern­ment unit the au­thor­ity to ef­fec­tively ad­dress the chal­lenges brought by in­for­ma­tion and

com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy.

A com­mit­tee com­posed of the Lo­cal Youth Devel­op­ment Of­fi­cer and the SK Fed­er­a­tion Pres­i­dent will spear­head the im­ple­men­ta­tion of or­di­nance.

In ad­di­tion, a mas­sive in­for­ma­tion ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign is set for the salient fea­tures of the pro­posed or­di­nance in­clud­ing dig­i­tal par­ent­ing con­fer­ence, school based dig­i­tal par­ent­ing fo­rums, dig­i­tal youth and stu­dent sum­mit, cre­ation of child on­line and dig­i­tal pro­tec­tion ad­vo­cacy team, devel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of IEC ma­te­ri­als, sup­port group cre­ation, devel­op­ment of in­ter­ven­tion pro­grams, ca­pa­bil­ity pro­grams.

The fund­ing for im­ple­men­ta­tion for the pro­posed or­di­nance is in­cor­po­rated un­der the Of­fice of the Mu­nic­i­pal Mayor.

A pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion is set on Jan­uary 2019 to hear sug­ges­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions from the stake­hold­ers on how the govern­ment can strengthen its role on dig­i­tal and on­line child pro­tec­tion.

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