MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Globe is giving its customers free access to UNICEF’s SaferKidsPH platform, in line with efforts to democratize information on proper data protection and reporting cases, when witnessed, as well as curb online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC).
When visiting the SaferKidsPH online platform, Globe and TM customers will not incur any data charges. The website offers plenty of information about OSAEC — what it is, ways to fight it, and the different channels to report such cases.
“As a strong advocate of child online safety, we want to keep Filipino children safe even as they are constantly exposed to the internet. Our partnership with UNICEF for SaferKidsPH is not only a commitment, but also a call for our customers to join us in fighting OSAEC together,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications.
Globe and UNICEF, through SaferKidsPH have been working hand-in-hand to promote online safety and security among children since 2019. SaferKidsPH is an Australian Government initiative delivered through the consortium of Save the Children Philippines, The Asia Foundation and UNICEF to reduce the online sexual abuse and exploitation of children in the Philippines.
Likewise, Globe collaborates with local and international organizations like the UK-based Internet Watch Foundation to take down webpages, keywords, hash lists, and digital fingerprints containing child abuse materials. Another partner is the Canadian Center for Child Protection (CCCP) which helps Globe identify illegal websites and block them out of its network. The CCCP is known for its capabilities to constantly search the web for harmful platforms.
Globe is also supporting UNICEF’s Child Protection and Child Rights and Business Programs in the Philippines as part of its #MakeITSafe campaign.
Both camps aim to develop an awareness and education campaign on OSAEC and online child protection, which includes the expansion of the Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP), a series of capacity-building workshops organized by Globe to educate the youth and other stakeholders about digital citizenship and the responsible use of technology.
Under the #MakeITSafePH agenda, Globe is also investing in infrastructure that will support the government’s efforts to combat online child pornography. To date, the company has already spent $2.7 million to establish an effective content filtering system and has blocked 9,329 sites containing illegal content.
Globe also helps in maintaining support hotlines such as Bantay Bata #163, Hopeline, as well as other initiatives on mental health through KonsultaMD and HealthNow.
Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 9, which highlights the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development, and UN SDG 17, which highlights the value of partnerships in achieving sustainable development goals. Globe is committed to upholding the UN Global Compact principles and contributing to 10 UN SDGs.