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DepEd Statement on ‘Momo challenge’ and similar threats to the online safety of children

PASIG CITY, February 28, 2019 –Consistent with its vision of zero tolerance against all forms of abuse, exploitation, discrimination, bullying, and other forms of violence against children, the Department of Education (DepEd) enjoins all parents to be more mindful and attentive to the digital activities of children especially in the wake of the so-called “Momo challenge” and other online challenges that reportedly lead to self-harm and suicide among the youth.

Parents and guardians are urged to maintain an open communication with their children, educate them about responsible online behavior, monitor what they access online, and help them understand that their parents and guardians are the foremost people they can trust about matters that make them feel uncomfortable, coerced, or unsafe.

In school, the Department emphasizes with the learners that their online safety is just as important as their physical safety through age-appropriate and contextualized lesson plans that enable them to still appreciate the internet as a safe and enjoyable platform of learning.

DepEd also equips learners with the proper competencies that enable them to discern online issues, threats, and information authenticity through 21st century skills that are honed across all grade levels in all subject areas in the K to 12 Curriculum.

For instance, critiquing data and information skill is already being developed among learners from Grade 1 to Senior High School in subjects like Filipino and English. Media and information literacy (MIL) skills are likewise being sharpened among learners as early as Grade 4, specifically in the subject Edukasyong Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan. In Grades 11 and 12, skills that aim to cultivate creative and critical thinking among learners, thereby enabling them to handle online contents, are given utmost priority in the core subject MIL and the applied subject Empowerment Technologies.

Furthermore, DepEd continues to strengthen the implementation of its Child Protection Policy by emphasizing on online safety as one of the crucial components of the measure.

While it is disconcerting that such corruption of the young is becoming rampant in varying schemes, the Department, parents, teachers, stakeholders, and the community should stand and act united in protecting the youth from the many risks associated with the use of and presence in the internet. Distorted efforts meant to prey on the vulnerabilities of the youth should be resisted with proper guidance and education and by empowering the children with knowledge of their rights and responsibilities online and offline.

Pahayag sa ‘Momo challenge’ at kahalintulad na mga banta sa kaligtasan ng kabataan

PASIG CITY, Pebrero 28, 2019 –Alinsunod sa adhikain na makamit ang zero tolerance sa anumang uri ng pang-aabuso, pananamantala, diskriminasyon, pang-aapi at iba pang anyo ng karahasan laban sa mga bata, tinatawagan ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon ang lahat ng mga magulang na higit bigyang pansin at pagpapahalaga ang mga gawain ng kanilang mga anak sa internet lalo na sa kasagsagan ng tinatawag na “Momo challenge” at iba pang hamon o laro na ‘di umano ay nag-uudyok sa mga bata na saktan ang sarili.

Hinihikayat din ng Kagawaran ang mga magulang at mga gabay na panatilihin ang maayos na pag-uusap sa pagitan nila at ng kanilang mga anak, turuan sila tungkol sa responsableng paggamit ng internet, bantayan ang mga online na aktibidad ng mga bata at tulungan silang maintindihan na ang kanilang mga magulang at mga gabay ang higit nilang dapat pagkatiwalaan tungkol sa mga pagkakataon na nararamdaman nilang sila ay hindi komportable, hindi ligtas o napipilitang gawin ang mga bagay na ayaw nilang gawin.

Sa mga paaralan, binibigyang-diin ng Kagawaran sa mga mag-aaral na ang kanilang kaligtasan sa internet ay kasing halaga ng kanilang kaligatasang pisikal. Ito ay sa pamamagitan ng mga banghay-aralin na may tamang konteksto at naaayon sa kanilang edad habang sila ay hinahayaang patuloy na pahalagahan ang internet bilang isang ligtas at nakawiwiling paraan upang matuto.

Higit pa rito, nililinang din ng Kagawaran ang kakayahan ng mga bata na malaman at mabatid ang mga problema, banta at katotohanan ng mga impormasyon na makikita sa internet sa pamamgitan ng 21st century skills na hinahasa sa lahat ng antas mula Kindergarten hanggang Senior High School (SHS) sa lahat ng asignatura ng K to 12 Curriculum.

Isang halimbawa ay ang pagpapayabong ng critiquing data and information skill sa mga mag-aaral na nasa Grade 1 hanggang SHS sa pamamagitan ng mga asignaturang Filipino at English. Ang media and information literacy (MIL) skills naman ay nililinang sa mga mag-aaral na nasa Grade 4 pa lamang, partikular sa asignaturang Edukasyong Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan. Sa Grade 11 at Grade 12, ang mga kasanayan na naglalayong hubugin ang malikhain at kritikal na pag-iisip ng mga bata upang tulungan silang iproseso ang mga impormasyon sa internet ay binibigyan ng mataas na pagpapahalaga sa core subject na MIL at sa applied subject na Empowerment Technologies.

Pinalalakas din ng Kagawaran ang implementasyon ng Child Protection Policy sa pamamagitan ng pagpapaigting sa kahalagahan ng online safety bilang isang aspekto ng polisiya.

Bagama’t nakababahala na ang ganitong uri ng kabuktutan laban sa kabataan ay patuloy na kumakalat sa iba’t ibang paraan, nararapat na tumindig at kumilos bilang isa ang Kagawaran, mga magulang, mga gabay, mga guro, stakeholders at ang komunidad upang pangalagaan ang kabataan laban sa mga panganib na kaakibat ng paggamit ng at presensya sa internet. Ang mga gawain na nagsasamantala sa mga kabataan ay dapat labanan sa pamamagitan ng tamang patnubay at edukasyon tungkol sa mga karapatan at mga responsibilidad ng mga bata, online at sa pisikal na mundo.

Mark Anthony Llego

He is the brain of TeacherPH. Growing up being surrounded by educators, a passion for education has grown in him. Mark spends his time writing and spreading online articles about the educational world. He likes emphasizing critical political issues that involve issued on the educational system of the country. Join Our Facebook Discussion Group

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