Philippine-based Globe Telecom has partnered Optus and Singtel - telcos based in Australia and Singapore respectively - to launch a Digital Thumbprint programme, which aims to promote responsible digital activity and educate Filipino youths on the impact of their online behaviour.
The programme is patterned after Optus' Digital Thumbprint in-school programme for high school students in Australia.
"The Philippines is considered fourth in the world in reported instances of cyber bullying. This highlights digital citizenship as a major social need for young people in Philippine society. To improve the wellbeing of young Filipinos, Globe wants to adapt the successful and best-in-class Digital Thumbprint model of Optus for the local context," said Bong Esguerra, director for Globe Corporate Social Responsibility.
In Philippines, the Digital Thumbprint programme offers three workshops - Digital Insight, Digital Impact, and Digital Ambition - for high school students. Digital Insight offers activities to help them discern proper online behaviour; Digital Impact discusses the issues on the impact of technology and their social activities; and Digital Ambition equips the students with skills on how to use technology to attain their goals in life.
Essentially, local workshops will be based on key learning themes such as safety and security, responsibility and etiquette, and empowerment and leadership.
"As we help build the Philippines into a digital nation, we need to protect our youth, and at the same time, educate them on the impact of technology in their lives," said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications. "Alongside our Global Filipino Schools Programme, we endeavour to bring not just online connectivity to public schools, but also hope to make K8 to12 students become more responsible digital users through our cyber wellness campaign."
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