Here's a Safe and Entertaining Way in Educating Kids to be #BeCyberSafe

Anne Marielle Eugenio
PUBLISHED November 14, 2018 03:44 pm
Art by Dani Elevazo

We can probably call the kids of today "digital natives" as they grew up in an environment where technology is already advanced. Bet if we ask grade schoolers if they have social media accounts, most (if not all) of them have at least one.


Children have now become naturally drawn, not only to social media, but to any online based activity--gaming, surfing, watching videos. It can’t be denied that the internet is a useful and convenient tool for learning and entertainment, but if utilized improperly, it may cause more harm than good.


Now, we won't exactly know what our children do online, but we have to protect them from whatever that may corrupt their little minds. The Department of Education (DepEd), Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP), and Stairway Foundation then launched the #BeCyberSafe project to educate children on how to safe on cyberspace via an entertaining way.


Dalir-Eskwela


Dalir-Eskwela has a large range of educational materials—from brochures to video clips—that tackles safety from cyberbullying, online chatting, online gaming, and even pornography. The videos are as non-threatening as it can be and easy to understand. See sample of video below:



Project For Keeps


There will always be strangers wherever we go. As for cyberspace, there will be more people that would hide their real identities. Project for Keeps aims to help children learn the differences and risks of private and public profile accounts, plus who to unfriend and approve on social media. Friends for keeps, not for creeps, as they say.


Chatbot


Since we resort to Messenger as a mode of communication, a Chatbot program for the chat application is currently being developed to help and protect children from cyberbullying, pornography, and online strangers. 


The #BeCyberSafe project is meant for children in general but it can also be a great reminder for adults to check their online environment. These may be small steps but these will all help us achieve a safer online environment. 

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