Lawmaker bats for inclusion of Internet ethics in basic education

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REP. Terry Ridon of Kabataan party-list is urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to integrate topics on the use of social media in the basic education curriculum.

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Ridon on Wednesday said he filed House Resolution 634, which aims to teach children a good Internet practices, including cyber-ethics.

“Educating users on cyber-ethics is a long-term and preferred solution against cyber-bullying than passing laws that can potentially infringe the freedom of expression and speech,” Ridon said in a statement.

The militant youth lawmaker said there is a growing support in teaching children internet use and safety, citing the work of several advocacy groups of Internet education which include specially-crafted lesson plans, videos and programs to teach cyber-security and cyber-ethics to children as young as eight years old.

“In some school districts in the United States, Internet use and safety has already been integrated in elementary and high school curricula,” Ridon said.

Ridon also noted that there is an urgent need for the education department to consider the proposal.

“We need to update our basic curriculum to address the need to teach our children best practices in social media, including cyber-ethics. We need not wait for another victim of online bullying to surface before we act,” the militant youth lawmaker explained.

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