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DICT launches Safer Internet Day for Children in PH

Assistant Secretary Carlos Mayorico Caliwara, NIGS Director Maria Teresa Garcia and other members of IACACP pose for a photo at the launch of Safer Internet Day for Children Philippines last February 13, 2018.

Recognizing that internet safety for children as a critical component of Philippine development, the  Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Inter-Agency Council Against Child Pornography (IACACP) recently launched the Safer Internet Day for Children last February 13, 2018.

This is part of the joint campaign by the government and private sectors to eliminate online child pornography and to have a cyber- environment that is safe for children to use. Access to information using the internet is being widely utilized by children and minors thus subjecting them to hazardous content.

It must be noted that the country has been identified recently as one of the global hubs of online child pornography.

DICT Assistant Secretary Carlos Mayorico Caliwara emphasized: “We have to go beyond the Internet, we should go back to the family kasi nanganganak yang problema yan, pwedeng maging ugat ng use of illegal drugs, cybercrime, or even human trafficking.”

“Naging bahagi ang Pilipinas sa mas malawak na pagkakaisa laban sa child pornography,” “Pero dapat safer Internet (for children) everyday, hindi lang ito pang isang araw, ” Asec Caliwara added.

Safer Internet Day for Children was first established internationally in 2004. In the Philippines, it is every second Tuesday of February as proclaimed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

In November 2017, a summit regarding safe internet for children and minors was also conducted between various stakeholders from government, NGOs, the private sector, academe, and communities in order to formulate policies and programs to make the internet safe for Filipino children and minors.

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