With the Philippines holding the most number of online users in all of Asia with a growing number of netizens from the age group of 10 and below, internet safety has become a concern among parents and users alike. To address this, Yahoo! in partnership with Sonnie Santos, a web safety advocate and founder of Business Values 2.0 and Web Safety Philippines, launched the Yahoo! Safely Philippines site, a microsite designed to provide information and advice on making smart choices online.
“A larger number of Filipino Netizens are children as young as 10 years old and the profile get younger as technology progresses,” said Arlene Amarante, Yahoo! Philippines Sales Director. “By launching Yahoo! Safely, we want to help parents, educators and youth safeguard themselves and create positive and productive web experiences. Our partnership with Sonnie Santos can help address the online issues children in the Philippines are facing today including mobile usage, cyber-bullying and digital reputation. It’s important that we take a proactive approach and work together as a global community to help foster a safer online experience for our children.”
“Most Filipinos lead two separate lives, one offline and another online. Just because they are online does not mean they are free from the threats they fear offline,” said Santos. “It is important to educate Filipinos on web safety practices and I believe my partnership with Yahoo! will help more Filipino teens in the process.”
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Click here to see tips on online activities from Yahoo Safely Philippines.