The National Privacy Commission (NPC) and Globe Telecom announced a team-up on Wednesday, January 6, to provide kids with a new book to let them learn more about digital privacy and digital responsibility.
A program the NPC set up – "Kabataang Digital" (Digital Youth) – aims to give age-appropriate support for children to help them better understand privacy concerns, and how being online or using information and communications technology (ICT) can affect one's privacy, including the benefits and risks associated with its use. The NPC introduced the program in December 2019, with a virtual program launched in November 2020.
To that end, the partnership between the NPC and Globe spurred on the creation of a book for children meant to help them better understand the concepts of data privacy and data security.
Globe said the book is available in print with copies shared with youth in various schools and communities. There is also an ebook available in the Globe e-Library and in DepEd Commons. The company commissioned the Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS) to create the book, including the cover artwork for it.
"Kabataang Digital is simply an avenue in educating and propagating the ideas that we in the National Privacy Commission upholds to further our fight in protecting our young users from all the power they have with every click. With all the possibilities on the Internet, data security, amongst others, is very vital in creating a safer online environment for everyone – most especially the youth," said Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro.
Ahead of the launch, Globe also provided project and program heads of the NPC with its 5 Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP) workshop modules: Digital Insight, Digital Impact, Digital Ambition, and Digital Discernment, as well as the Parent Module, through a train-the-trainer workshop.
The DTP workshops are there to teach learners, educators, as well as parents on digital citizenship, online safety, and responsible internet use.
The workshop modules are meant to let participants know more about life online in the Philippines works; the types of threats and behavior online that users can be victim to, as well as how to protect one's self and others from those threats; essential cyber safety and cybersecurity principles and practices; online etiquette; the identification of credible and questionable information online; and the ways parents and educators can keep children safe online.