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CWC raises awareness in keeping children safe online

CALOOCAN, (PIA) – To raise awareness on regulating children’s use of the internet, the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) conducted a webinar for parents and guardians to discuss the protective behaviors for children online.

“Dahil sa COVID-19 pandemic at mga lockdown, mas lalong napirmi ang mga bata sa kanilang mga tahanan. Sila ay naging mas babad sa internet gawa ng kanilang online classes at paglalaro ng online games,” CWC OIC-Executive Director Gemma Gabuya said in the 4th Digital Parenting Webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

The CWC director cited that children are more prone to gaming addiction as well as being exposed to fake news online.

“Mas lalong nakakaalarma na mas nakatutok sa kanilang mga gadget at social media mas lalo sila naeexpose sa fake news, misinformation, at disinformation,” Gabuya stated.

During the discussion, a panelist from Plan International presented how misinformation and disinformation online affect the lives learning of girls and young women.

“Walang i-isang source online ang pinagkakatiwalaan ng mga bata kaya walang 100% trust in any website at talaga na very blatant ang misinformation and disinformation nowadays,” Plan International Gender Specialist Mona Mariano said.

Misinformation and disinformation are having a negative impact on 87% of the girls and young women surveyed, she added.

Meanwhile, a professor from DLSU-Dasmariñas provided tips in managing kid’s online gaming.

“If the children need supervision, you need to see and check the appropriate age recommended for the game,” Prof. James Philip Ray said.

He added that parents should look at the gaming device and monitor the websites they visit.

“We have to ensure that the gaming device is child-friendly,” Ray emphasized.

Other tips provided for parents include talking to the child about appropriate time for gaming and setting time limits.

Being able to play together with children is one way of managing their online gaming habits and encouraging them to do other activities, including exercise.

“If we let our children to choose productive activities, we really have to educate them and help them develop good habits online,” Ray said.

The children’s welfare council will continue to hold an awareness-raising forum this month to ensure that children have a safe internet experience. (JMB/PIA-IDPD)

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