AIMED at teaching Filipinos about online safety and being internet savvy in English as well as the Filipino language and dialects, founder and president Rahel Stucki-Podobski shares a brand-new project, a non-profit and charitable organization called Bantaynet.

Having seen the positive side of social media through her years of studying and doing research, Rahel is aware that this can mobilize tremendous support for good causes, but can also destroy people’s lives in many different ways.

“Social media really is a double-edged sword, depending on how it is used. Before the pandemic, I was given the chance to talk at a local school in The Philippines where I spoke about online safety, making it a real eye-opening experience. It came as a surprise to me that many people didn’t even know the basics such as privacy and why this really matters. This is how I came about to do some research and saw that there were only limited options available for Filipinos,” Rahel explains.

Rahel developed the idea of creating a platform where content is distributed to Filipinos in their respective native tongues, as well as in the English language and will be starting with the Visayan dialect (Rahel is Filipino-Swiss; her mother is Bisaya) and working with native speakers to therefore have quality translations.

“We have worked very hard to get this launched as quickly as possible amid the pandemic where everyone is likely to be at home and have more activity online. But by raising awareness, this will be our primary way of reaching people with our educational content. We are also looking to operate smoothly and efficiently in 2021,” she said.

A simple act can go a long way. Set up as a Foundation Charitable Incorporated Organization (FCIO), you may check or follow and share Bantaynet on Facebook. You are also able to contribute to their fundraiser via Crowdfunder or even help with translations on many of the Filipino dialects.