Teaching data privacy, security to children in a fun way

Published February 5, 2021, 3:14 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

As children spend more time online for learning and entertainment, they become more vulnerable to cybercriminals which endangers their well-being. This is why it is very important for parents and as teachers to teach children the importance of data privacy and security.  

Elementary school children wearing face masks sit in a classroom on Natuna island in Riau islands province on 4 February, 2020. (AFP Photo / File photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

But, how do you teach data privacy and security to children without them getting bored?

The key is to catch their attention and creatively introduce the concepts. Recognizing the importance of teaching online safety to children, Globe eLibrary to included data privacy and security in its list of books that are available to read or download for free.

Entitled “Safe Space: A Kid’s Guide to Data Privacy,” the book aims to help children aged 7-12 better understand the concept of data privacy and security in a creative, fun, and engaging way.

The book includes information on the importance of keeping personal data secure, how such information may be compromised, what the child and parents can do to avoid becoming a victim, and how to address the concern if it happens.

It is available in both print and electronic formats.

The book was created through the joint efforts of Globe, the National Privacy Commission, and the Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS). The artwork on the cover of the book is by Liza Flores, as commissioned by CANVAS.

Launched in April 2020, Globe eLibrary primarily to help students get access to resource materials during the pandemic. It contains textbooks on core subjects such as Math, Science, English, Filipino, Music, and Arts that are fit for K to 12 students as well as local and international storybooks.

It also offers interactive videos on Math, Science, English, Values, and Hygiene and Sanitation incorporating sights and sounds that are familiar to students to help supplement classroom learning.

Some of these videos were developed by teachers themselves.

The eBooks and videos are available for free at the Globe eLibrary website https://globeelibrary.ph/ or mobile app.

They may also be downloaded for offline learning.

“It is important to facilitate deeper learning and awareness about data privacy and security among children as early as possible so that they will grow to be vigilant in protecting themselves on the internet,” said Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto.

The inclusion of “Safe Kids” in Globe eLibrary is part of the ongoing efforts of Globe to keep children safe online. Globe, through its Digital Thumbprint Program, also helps children, the youth, their parents, and teachers learn and practice digital citizenship, online safety, and responsible use of the internet.