CHILDREN’S SAFE ONLINE ACCESS POLICY PUSHED
THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is pushing for a policy that seeks to safeguard children in their free internet access in public places.
DICT-6 Regional Director Antonio Edward Padre said the policy is pursuant to Articles 10 and 11 of Republic Act No. 10929 (Free Internet Access in Public Places Act), which states the need for mechanisms to protect children from pornographic websites.
Around 60 participants from the academe, local government units, non-government and civil service organizations in Western Visayas provided their inputs in a consultative meeting held at Smallville 21 Hotel on Nov 8, 2018.
According to Padre, stakeholders recommended to activate the monitoring of website accessed by children.
The students accidentally opened a website that contained explicit sex, he added.
The DICT-6 relayed the information to the National Operations Center in Manila which immediately blocked the website.
Although an automatic blocking of unwanted websites was already in place, Padre said some unwanted websites still emerge from time to time.
The department cannot also limit the age of children who access public internet because the Department of Education (DepEd) is also pushing for online education.
Children should only use free public internet access for educational purposes and not for online gaming and access to websites that promote vices, Padre emphasized.
The Regional Operations Center notified the DICT’s technical staff assigned to Pipol Konek Project to monitor children who use the internet.
Through the meeting, elected officials in the local levels were also urged to help in the monitoring and update of the children.
The last leg of monitoring of the DICT’s Consumer Protection Group was conducted in Region 6.
Padre said that they will summarize inputs gathered in the regions and eyes to present the policy’s final draft next month.
The performers of Art Company Dalmoon from South Korea, during the 5th International Rondalla/ Plucked String Music Festival at the Bacolod City Government Center on Nov. 9, 2018. (Photo courtesy of the City PIO)