Globe waives data charges on UNICEF’s SaferKidsPH platform

Boosting the fight against online child exploitation

Globe Telecom (Globe) gives its customers free access to UNICEF’s SaferKidsPH platform to boost the fight against online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC) as well as democratize information on proper data protection and reporting cases.

SaferKidsPH is an Australian Government initiative delivered through the consortium of Save the Children Philippines, The Asia Foundation, and UNICEF to reduce the online sexual abuse and exploitation of children in the Philippines.

Since 2019, Globe and UNICEF, through the SaferKidsPH platform, have been working together in promoting online safety and security among children. Through this partnership, Globe and TM subscribers will not incur any data charges when visiting the SaferKidsPH online platform where they can find plenty of information about OSAEC – what it is, ways to fight it, and the different channels to report such cases.

“As a strong advocate of child online safety, we want to keep Filipino children safe even as they are constantly exposed to the internet. Our partnership with UNICEF for SaferKidsPH is not only a commitment but also a call for our customers to join us in fighting OSAEC together,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications.

Globe is also supporting UNICEF’s Child Protection and Child Rights and Business Programs in the Philippines as part of its #MakeITSafe campaign where the company has invested in infrastructure that will support the government’s efforts to combat online child pornography. To date, Globe has already spent USD 2.7 million to establish an effective content filtering system and has blocked 9,329 sites containing illegal content.

Moreover, Globe collaborates with local and international organizations such as the Internet Watch Foundation to take down webpages, keywords, hash lists, and digital fingerprints containing child abuse materials. Another partner is the Canadian Center for Child Protection (CCCP) which helps Globe identify illegal websites and block them out of its network. In addition, the CCCP is known for its capabilities to constantly search the web for harmful platforms.

The telco company also continues the expansion of its Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP), a series of capacity-building workshops to educate the youth and other stakeholders about digital citizenship and the responsible use of technology. Another initiative is maintaining support hotlines such as Bantay Bata #163, Hopeline, as well as other initiatives on mental health through KonsultaMD and HealthNow.

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