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Realign DepEd confidential funds to anti-cyberbullying, social media education

Digital Pinoys

A network of digital advocates today urged congress to reallocate DepEd’s confidential funds to anti-cyberbullying and social media education programs.

Digital Pinoys national campaigner Ronald Gustilo said that DepEd instead use its budget in educating students about the dangers of cyberbullying and why it should be prevented.

“Congress should realign DepEd’s confidential funds to cyberspace education such as anti-cyberbullying and social media education programs, and cybersecurity.”

Gustilo said that since students are present in social media platforms, they are most vulnerable to cybercriminals and other undesirable individuals online.

“Students should know how social media platforms work so that they can avoid untoward incidents online from happening. They should be able to identify red flags when using social media. Teaching students the dangers of cyberbullying should also fall on DepEd’s jurisdiction given that most of the students now are active on the internet. They are most vulnerable to bullying and in danger of being coerced by predators prowling social media platforms.”

Digital Pinoys earlier urged DepEd to teach cybersecurity to students as they are more susceptible to scams and exploitation as they are not fully aware of the risks that come along with their gadgets.

Gustilo also said that DepEd should teach students the importance of the privacy of their personal data information which can exposed in case of data leak or data breach. He says that it is hightime that the government took steps in ensuring that the risks are known even to the younger generation.

“Now that we are using gadgets like smartphones, tablets and laptops for education, we should also teach students how to take care of their personal accounts, and how to make sure that it will not be compromised. DepEd can create a curriculum where they teach cybersecurity from the basics up to the advanced levels of cybersecurity.”

Reference: Ronald Gustilo, Digital Pinoys National Campaigner