DTAC, Depa offer online safety tips

DTAC, Depa offer online safety tips

DEPA president Nattapon Nimmanpatcharin and DTAC chief executive Alexandra Reich (right) promote SafeInternetForKid.com. *No photo credit*
DEPA president Nattapon Nimmanpatcharin and DTAC chief executive Alexandra Reich (right) promote SafeInternetForKid.com. *No photo credit*

Total Access Communication (DTAC), in partnership with parent Telenor Group and the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa), yesterday launched an interactive website, SafeInternetForKid.com, to help children stay safe online.

Manisha Dogra, vice-president for sustainability in Asia at Telenor, said the partnership is an important part of a global commitment to educate 4 million children across Telenor's markets on online safety by 2020.

SafeInternetForKid.com is designed for children aged 7-16, their families and schools, featuring interactive games and downloadable resources.

The website aims to foster young people's digital resilience, helping them understand when they are at risk online, know how to seek help, learn from the experience of being online and recover when things go wrong.

DTAC chief executive Alexandra Reich said many young people are more tech-savvy than their parents, but that does not always mean they know how to stay safe.

"This is why DTAC has closely worked with Telenor Group to leverage the expertise of Parent Zone, the global experts in digital family life, to develop the website," Mrs Reich said.

According to a survey of Thai children and online risk taken in November-December 2017 by Child Online Protection Action Thailand, Thai children aged 9-18 were exposed to online risks such as pornography (68.1%), cyberbullying (46.1%) and meeting people online (16%).

DTAC is also working with academic institutes and Inskru, a startup that aims to empower young teachers in Thailand, to conduct both online and on-ground activities in relation to the safe online campaigns for teachers at the secondary education level and for 50,000 students in 400 schools nationwide this year.

Depa president Nattapon Nimmanpatcharin said his agency has a Digital Manpower Fund that can be used as a mechanism to collaborate with other players to combat online risks and to improve Thailand's digital economy.

DTAC, Depa and the Internet for Thailand Foundation have joined forces to usher in the Young Safe Internet Leader's Camp as a platform to enable youth to tackle online risks at schools, targeting students aged 12-15.

At the camp, more than 200 youths and teachers will engage with experts to exchange constructive dialogue on initiatives to tackle online risks at school.

The youth initiatives will be further developed into projects-in-action at schools with advice and financial support from DTAC and the Internet for Thailand Foundation.

The first camp series will take place next month at DTAC House, Chamchuri Square.

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