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Verbal abuse tops cyberviolence

A third of cyberviolence which Filipino children experience comes from verbal abuse over the internet or cell phone, while a fourth is through sexual messages.

“Hence, we urge everyone to use digital communication channels for good and teach our young people to do the same,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Telecom Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer.

While the telco empowers 92 million customers to use technology for every need, connectedness comes with being a responsible digital citizen, she underscored.

Ms Yoly Crisanto, The Family as the Safety Net 

The telco this week appealed to the academe, mental health professionals, parents, guardians and key partners to protect Filipino children against cyberbullying.

The company launched www.makeitsafe.phportal to stop cyberbullying by making available the A-Z of Cyberbullying glossary.

The glossary is buildable – anyone can add words to inform other parents on terms to watch out for.

So far, the microsite has received 12,000 hits since it was launched July 18.

Parents can get more guidance on helping children be safe and responsible online through parent-focused Globe Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP) e-modules on the microsite.DTP promotes digital citizenship and cyber safety among the youth.

“We leverage technology with the help of our key partners to protect the youth. We are equipping our customers — parents, caregivers, and guardians — to address cyberbullying by helping them understand the rapidly developing onlinelanguage used by children through digital channels,” says RGOrense, Globe’s Head of Digital and Social Channel Strategy.

Globe partnered with online parenting communities on Facebook — Glam-O-Mommas, with 44,500 active members and “Usapang Nanay”, with 519,000 members.

It has also started sharing its new #makeITsafePH campaign materials on cyberbullying to partners in the academe, showing them to teachers and parents during parent seminars.

The materials have been viewed 113 million times on social media, particularly TikTok and Facebook, over the past one and a half months.

This is among its initiatives to protect minors from cyber violence, which includes bullying and online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC).

Because cyberbullying devastates the physical and emotional well-being of young people, Globe also partnered with its telemedicine platform KonsultaMD to provide mental wellness support to parents, guardians, and victims of cyberbullying.

Users can redeem one free session with a licensed KonsultaMD mental health professional 24/7 using the promo code MAKEITSAFEPH.

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