The campaign encourages the country’s private sector and media to help protect children from online threats. ChildFund Philippines launched its Web Safe and Wise campaign to protect children from online threats, which involved the private sector and media in empowering children and the youth to benefit from digital connectivity while being protected from sexual exploitation and abuse
online. “To be #WebSafeandWise means being knowledgeable about the possible harms and negative things that could happen in the online world”, said Jayson Yañez, a 19-year old advocate against online sexual abuse or exploitation of children (OSAEC).

“Online exploitation is rampant nowadays because the cases are getting higher and the victims are so many, but sadly, the reported cases are few.” According to UNICEF, 2 million Filipinos aged 12 to 17 fell victim to online sexual abuse and exploitation in 2021 alone. ChildFund Philippines
aims to build and sustain partnerships with critical sectors to protect children from digital dangers.
“With the launch of the Web Safe and Wise campaign, we will now focus on the roles the private
sector and media could play to complement government efforts, to make online spaces safer for children … It is important to be a catalyst, to be a multiplier in this situation.

And we know that we cannot do it alone. We rely upon our youth advocates, and all the partners we can garner to work on these issues … in all relevant platforms,” says Country Director of ChildFund
Philippines, Anand Vishwakarma, ChildFund also recognizes the key role that media will play
in this campaign. Ariel Sebellino, executive director of the Philippine Press Institute, agrees, “As truth bearers and de-facto historians, media members contribute to shaping knowledge and
decisions of the child growing up. It is expected of the media to provide accurate, vetted and
truthful information to hone critical thinking.”

Hosted by Suzi Entrata Abrera, the Web Safe and Wise campaign’s launch featured initiatives to help make the digital world safer for and with Filipino children. Foremost in the discussions was Republic Act 11930, or the Anti Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (OSAEC) Act, a
landmark law that is one of the first of its kind in the region. ChildFund hopes to foster digital literacy among the country’s children and youth while protecting them from harmful online content and perpetrators. The talk also announced upcoming dialogues, consultations with children and
the private sector, webinar series, media training sessions, and community activities that
protect children online and safeguard them from age inappropriate content across platforms and providers.

“We want to see a digital world where every Filipino child enjoys a safer and better online environment free from all forms of online abuse, exploitation, and violence,” says Allan Nuñez, advocacy specialist of ChildFund Philippines. Yañez expressed his thanks to the campaign’s partners in media and the private sector: “You are our hope in making sure that the discussion and
online safety of children will never fade in the background noises of this digital age. To our private sector partners, your continuous support to our advocacies gives me so much hope.”

Amianan Balita Ngayon