PLDT and Google launch Internet safety campaign

TELEPHONE giant PLDT Inc. and multinational tech company Google have teamed up to educate Filipino children about online safety.

They launched the “Be Internet Awesome” website over the weekend aimed at educating children and families about online safety and digital citizenship. Their partnership underpins the PLDT Group’s commitment to customer focus and responsible business, officials said Saturday.

“This collaboration reinforces our child protection advocacy and our responsibility to ensure safe online spaces for all. As we strengthen customer centricity, we not only find ways to simplify technology and improve the quality of experience for customers of all ages, but we also strive to put their safety and well-being in how we design and develop our products and services,” said Alfredo S. Panlilio, President and CEO of PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc.

Google’s “Be Internet Awesome” program is a global effort designed to teach kids about online safety and digital responsibility. The program offers modules, online games and other materials that teachers, parents and guardians can use to educate children about digital citizenship and literacy.

These learning materials were piloted in more than 20 schools last year. From the initial reach of over 2,000 students, Google and the Ministry of Education had engaged over 12,000 students in grades 4-8 in Metro Manila and surrounding areas by the end of 2021. The “Be Internet Awesome” program is part of Google’s many efforts to keep Internet users safe.

“We are happy to have found a like-minded partner in PLDT who upholds the same values ​​when it comes to protecting children online. Through PLDT and other potential partners in the future, we hope to scale Be Internet Awesome and provide more families with a practical way to teach their children about digital safety and wellbeing so they can become responsible and confident explorers of the online world,” said Bernadette Nacario, National Director from Google Philippines.

PLDT said it has institutionalized a pioneering child protection policy that applies to all staff of the telecom operator and extends to its engagement with customers, communities, business partners and others. It has invested more than 2 billion pesos in its cybersecurity defenses, under which the telecom operator has deployed a child protection platform that detects and prevents domain and content-level access to child pornography content within its network. The group has also entered into alliances with child protection sectors and entities such as UNICEF, Internet Watch Foundation, Canadian Center for Child Protection, International Justice Mission and SaferKidsPH.

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