Quezon City advocates safer cyberspace for tots

MANILA The Quezon City government, in partnership with Plan International, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and Microsoft Philippines, on Wednesday conducted a Child Protection Seminar with internet cafe and computer shop owners.

The program is part of the series which campaigns for a safer cyberspace for children.

Internet cafe operators from Barangay Batasan Hills and Barangay Commonwealth were among the participants in the seminar.

During the seminar, issues such as the Philippine situation on Online Sexual Exploitation of Children, were raised.

Ma. Sheila Estabillo, project manager of Cyber-Safe Spaces for Children and Youth in Manila and Quezon City, expounded on the increasing number of cases related to child pornography and cybercrime.

Meanwhile, lawyer Raul Cortez from Microsoft Philippines said that there are ways to determine and prevent computers from getting hacked such as getting authentic softwares and avoid sharing private information, photos and videos that strangers can have access to.

Policies and laws on online safety were presented to further disseminate the government's initiative on online child protection.

Quezon City Ordinance SP 2163-2012, otherwise known as An Ordinance Regulating the Operation of Internet Cafes or Computer Rental Shops/Computer Gaming Shops in Quezon City, functions as a guideline to inform internet cafe operators of their responsibilities to block illegal websites and online browsing pornographic websites.

Estabillo also urged internet cafe operators to follow the prohibition law and report possible illegal online activities to authorities.

We enjoin you to be part of this campaign in combating online child sexual exploitation. Malaki ang role ng mga internet cafe and pisonet operators kasi ang ating mga kabataan ay pumupunta sa mga lugar na ito kung saan sila ay nakakasalamuha ng mga posibleng (The internet cafes and pisonet operators have the big role because our youth are going to these places where they are mingling with possible) online predators, she said. (QC LGU PR)

Source: Philippine News Agency