Globe, Plan International collaborate for DtZ Program

Protecting the youth from threats and risks to their safety especially to their online security.

Globe and Plan International Philippines collaborates for the Down to Zero: Building Back Better in times of the Covid-19 (DtZ) program where it aims to better protect the children, the youth, and victims of sexual exploitation during and after the pandemic and address the rising threats and risks to children’s safety especially their online security.

DtZ is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is a joint effort of Terre des Hommes Netherlands, Plan Netherlands, Defence for Children – ECPAT, Free a Girl, and ICCO Cooperation, under the leadership of Terre des Hommes Netherlands. It is tapping Globe’s Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP) to teach students, parents, and educators about digital citizenship, online safety, and responsible use of the internet.

“Along with the many advantages the internet brings to our daily lives, there are risks, too. We need to strengthen the online safety and security of customers, with emphasis on children, as we push the country’s digital transformation further,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications.

Globe recently shared its DTP lessons to 278 students and teachers from Mariveles National High School in Barangays Poblacion, Camaya, and Cabcaban. Mariveles NHS was among Plan International’s project areas and was chosen for having the most enrollees into blended learning modalities in Mariveles, Bataan. DTP will also be brought to other program areas of Plan International in the future.

The teachers and students were taught three basic modules. Digital Insight covers various online threats, abuses, and predatorial and abusive behavior, and how to be protected from these. Meanwhile, Digital Impact discusses essential principles and practices around cyber safety and security. Lastly, Digital Discernment teaches learners how to identify what information online is credible or questionable and how to be protected from misinformation.

According to program participants, the DTP workshops helped strengthen their knowledge of cyber wellness, security, and proper online behavior. These skills are also beneficial to them in today’s environment as most learning and educational instruction is being delivered online.

Globe has made its self-learning materials available online in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), Plan International Philippines, and UNICEF’s SaferKidsPH, to make the DTP modules accessible for all. Access the DTP e-Modules by visiting the Globe Bridgecom YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/GlobeCSR.

Nathaniel Trillana
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