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DSWD encourages millennials to campaign against ‘child cyber porno’ in PH

Adrian M. Reodique | Feb. 24, 2016
DSWD’s #StopChildPornPH project aims to raise awareness among people on their responsibility to protect children with the use of ICT.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is calling for millennials to support its #StopChildPornPH project that will be launched this year.

The project is a web-based child online protection platform that aims to raise awareness among Filipinos on their responsibility to protect children using information and communication technology (ICT).

In the Philippines, child cyber pornography is prevalent among poor families. "The Department is intensifying its campaign on online child abuse which remains a serious global issue, more so in the Philippines with poor families being lured to engage in this illicit trade because of the easy profits," said DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman.

As part of its campaign, the Department has conducted a hackathon which aims to develop accessible and user-friendly computer and mobile applications that can ease thereporting of child cyber pornography incidents.

Students from University of Santo Tomas topped the contest for their website concept of adding an original cartoon character, called 'Katzu', to make it more appealing to children; and at the same time, urging them to report incidents of child abuse and child cyber pornography. 

 

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