Police, San Fernando hold online child abuse forum

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Monday, August 4, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The popularity of the social networking sites has also triggered the significant rise of online child abuse.

This familiar message resonated at the Awareness Seminar on Online Child Abuses organized by the Philippine National Police (PNP) anti-cybercrime unit in cooperation with the Office of the City Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin recently at the City of San Fernando.

The said seminar, which aimed to raise the awareness of the ordinary citizens about the reality of child sexual abuse both commercially and domestically, is part of the PNP’s commitment to curb online prostitution.

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Local officials reiterated that the irresponsible use of social media has negative implications on the fight against child pornography.

“If the teachers, parents, and children are aware of the potential crimes that may be inflicted to them, they will be able to prepare better,” said Dr. Esperanza Laya, Department of Education Schools Division Superintendent of the City of San Fernando.

Ma. Ivy Castillo of the PNP anti-cybercrime unit shared that the seminar ultimately targeted the youth so that they would be able to know and fight for their rights.

The seminar also focused on keeping the students away from pornographic and other adult websites.

The parents, local officials said, should be more vigilant in looking after the actions of their children especially with regard to the applications and programs that they are using in their gadgets.

Meanwhile, internet shops near the school premises are also urged to cooperate with the police in monitoring online activities related to child abuse.

The internet shops, according to the PNP anti-cybercrime unit, have the ability to curb online pornography by blocking their customers who are visiting adult websites.

“They have full access to the computer servers so they can monitor the websites that are being visited by their customers. They should block access to the users who are opening adult websites especially the students and children,” added the PNP anti-cybercrime unit.

Social media users are also being reminded not to publicly disclose their personal information when uploading files in the internet.

“I approve friends’ requests regardless of whether I know them or not. Everyone can also view my profile freely. Now that I know better, I will be more careful with my social media accounts,” one of the student-participants told Sun.Star Pampanga.

The police is urging anyone who is experiencing online abuse to report it to authorities.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 05, 2014.

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