RCMBXI Attends DICT Cybersecurity Digital

Parenting Campaign 2019


RCMBXI headed by OIC-Director Aerrine Marie R. Reyes sent one staff, Ms. Sheila A. Rivera, Labor and Employment Officer III and designated Labor Information Officer to Cybersecurity Digital Parenting 2019 of the Department of Information and Communications Technology through the Cybersecurity Bureau in cooperation with the Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines, Inc.-Davao Chapter on April 26, 2019 at 7th Floor, Function Hall of Holy Cross of Davao College, Sta. Ana, Davao City.

As stated by DICT, digital parenting is teaching kids responsible use of information and communications technologies. Digital parents play a key role in shaping how their children use the digital media; the parent being perhaps the first and most important mediator of digital use of children.

This is in line with the campaign of DICT to help parents in monitoring online activities of their children following the viral “Momo Challenge” and other online challenges on social media which had reportedly led to self-harm and suicide among the youth.

“There are three ways of digital parenting. One is enabler, the other one is limiter where a parent allows their children to use gadgets but at limited access.  The third one is mentor where a parent mentors their children against bullying, sex exploitation, extortion.” This was stated by one of the officials of DICT.

Further, Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Enabling Technologies Allan S. Cabanlong stated, “Only 1% out of 92% of internet related crimes can be traced because it is the parents themselves who were responsible of child abuse of their own children. Teach our children how to use the internet and manage the use of internet.  Most importantly, guide them.”

“Philippines is one of the countries with the highest crimes of child sex abuse and child exploitation,” he added.

Hence, they were making this initiative.

Dr. Thelma D. Villamorel, Officer-in-Charge for Critical Infostructure Evaluation and Cybersecurity Standards Division, shared in her talk seven steps to good digital parenting. One is, listen to your kids. The technology will complement but not an instrument to have a wall between the parent and their children.”

She emphasized that it is not advisable to give children four years old and below gadgets because it can hinder their psychomotor development.  For above four, they can use gadgets but limit it to one hour a day.

In the afternoon, Resource Speaker Alwell Mulsid, CERT-PH Lead, Cybersecurity and Enabling Technologies, DICT shared on “Understanding Online Threats to Family and How to Reduce or Eliminate these Threats.”

Some of his tips include to use different password for every online account and different email address for different email, never login or do transactions to any critical accounts when connected to public internet and don’t accept online request from strangers.

He also stressed out “I didn’t say that technology is bad.  But too much internet usage is bad.  Introduce other activities to your kids.”

Ms. Claire Reyes, the last but not the least Resource Speaker introduced the government initiatives on cybersecurity and cybercrime such as the Cybercrime Prevention Act or Republic Act 10175, Data Privacy Act or R.A. 10173, Electronic Commerce Act or R.A. 8792, Anti-Child Pornography Act or R.A. 9775 and National Cybersecurity Plan 2022 which is downloadable from their website