Creating a Safer Online Environment
Being constantly online to study, play, and socialize makes children and young adults more vulnerable to sexual exploitation, abuse, identity theft, and cyberbullying, among a myriad of issues plaguing the internet today.
To educate the youth on digital citizenship and the responsible use of technology, Globe Telecom joined forces with Optus and Singtel in launching the Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP) in 2016. The program was eventually integrated by the Department of Education (DepEd) in the K-12 curriculum to bolster DepEd’s existing modules around digital literacy.
DTP is a series of workshops patterned after the Optus Digital Thumbprint in-school program in Australia. Each module aims 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.
Due to the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic which makes people stay online for a longer time, there is now a need to hasten the distribution of DTP to students, teachers, and parents to enable them to identify, address, and avoid the risks present in the digital space.
By transitioning the DTP modules into easily accessible, self-learning materials available online in partnership with DepEd, Plan International Philippines, and UNICEF’s SaferKidsPH, Globe hopes to reach more internet users and help them become more responsible digital citizens.