City of San Fernando—The Department of Social Welfare and Development is pushing for “digital parenting,” a scheme where parents can supervise and caution their children for the responsible use of cyberspace.
“It is important that digital parents guide their children when browsing online. We are teaching them how to regulate their children’s use of gadgets,” said Rosan Pelariza, focal person of the DSWD-Family Development Session.
She said proper education was shared among parents on the features to restrict or block malicious sites on the Internet, and how to check sites visited by their children.
With the advent of technology and excessive spread of different gadgets, Pelariza warned Thursday of the risk, exploitation, and other cyber-abuses being faced by children through social media and other online platforms.
“Nowadays, children are using the internet for communicating with others, for recreation, or for online learning. Now that they have the time and the luxury to use their gadgets, and engage on social media, they are at a great risk of cyberbullying or other cyber abuses,” said Pelariza.
She said most of our children gave more time on their gadgets, increasing the threats on their safety, health and security while browsing the internet.
Pelariza said the lengthy quarantine period due to coronavirus pandemic contributed to addiction of children to social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and most especially TikTok.
Given these dangers, Peraliza said it is important for parents to supervise and guide their children while surfing online to prevent them from being exposed to unsafe sites that pop up on the internet.
Pelariza said parents could lessen the exposure of the children to gadgets by allowing them to do physical activities that would also serve as bonding time for the family.
The National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children says that 43.8 percent or almost half of Filipino children have experienced cyberviolence or online violence.