DSWD to millennials: Help in the campaign vs child cyber pornography

By on February 18, 2016

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MANILA—As chair of the Inter-agency Council Against Child Pornography (IACACP), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) called on the millennial generation on Thursday to take part in the project #StopChildPornPH that the DSWD is launching this year.

“The Department is intensifying its campaign on online against child abuse which remains a serious global issue, more so in the Philippines with poor families being lured to engage in this illicit trade because of the easy profits,” said DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman.

The project is a child online protection education website providing safety education for children, parents and guardians as well as service providers who will promote, advocate and build the capabilities of all child duty-bearers.

It aims to raise awareness that it is everyone’s responsibility to protect children in the use of information and communications technology (ICT).

A major component of the project involves developing web and mobile platforms, applications, and services where prevention and advocacy along child online protection will be hosted.

“This is why we are engaging the youth because of their exposure to various online technologies and knowledge in ICT,” Secretary Soliman said.

To raise the awareness of the youth sector on the campaign, DSWD has launched a contest dubbed as “Hackathon” to come up with accessible and user-friendly computer and mobile applications which will make reporting of child cyber pornography incidents easier.

The Hackathon that will run until Feb. 19 is participated in by information technology students from colleges and universities in Metro Manila.

The winning entries will be used by the DSWD and IACACP in their continuing advocacy against child pornography.