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Globe collaborates with Facebook to promote Digital Thumbprint Program

By Nestor Domingo Jr - on 2 Oct 2017, 8:21pm

Globe collaborates with Facebook to promote Digital Thumbprint Program

Globe Telecom and Facebook teamed up to promote an advocacy program that promotes digital literacy and responsibility among online citizens, including students, teachers, and the general public.

Globe and Facebook announced their partnership for the Digital Thumbprint Program during the Globe Media Excellence Awards - Visayas, an annual event that champions press freedom and media excellence by giving recognition to outstanding traditional and digital media practitioners.

Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP) was introduced by Globe in the Philippines in early 2016. Inspired by Optus’s Digital Thumbprint in-school program, DTP in the Philippines aims to educate many young Filipinos regarding the importance of responsible digital citizenship through a series of workshops, especially at present wherein over 58% of people in the Philippines use the Internet daily for at least 4.17 hours per day.

And so far, the program has made its impact among teachers and students. It has reached 17,510 public and private high school students while 1,842 public school teachers have been empowered to teach the program to their students in very engaging sessions. The latest impact assessment conducted by the Karrikins Group states that 94.4% of the participants found DTP relevant while 93.7% said it helped them build confidence in their online activities.

That said, Facebook has committed to co-develop modules with the telecommunications firm that will make the public equipped with skills to discern the authenticity and reliability of online information, and aim to increase the students’ knowledge regarding digital citizenship. The modules will also deal with securing one’s self against the harm of cyberbullying and other pitfalls regarding online security.

“At Facebook, helping build an informed community is critical to our mission of giving people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. We want to empower people to identify misleading news content when they encounter it — on any platform. To do this, we need to work together with tech companies, media companies, newsrooms, and classrooms. Here in the Philippines, we are working with Globe and others to help create a more informed community, ” said Clair Deevy, Facebook Head of Community Affairs for APAC.

“We are glad to collaborate with Facebook in further strengthening DTP by educating the youth and communities about digital truth while promoting values that respect the dignity of each person online. In an age where there is easy access to all types of information via the Internet, it is incumbent upon us to help educate the public especially the youth about proper online behavior. One of our sustainability focus areas is creating a digital nation. Globe as a technology company acknowledges the importance of having the right balance of empowerment that technology brings and the responsibility that goes with it,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe SVP for Corporate Communications.

Interested schools and organizations that would like to avail and schedule facilitation of the free DTP programs can email bridgecomm@globe.com.ph. These workshops also come with a trainers program which makes aspiring facilitators capable to carry out the workshops independently.