‘Protect, not gag kiddie netizens’ – Akap Bata
Akap Bata Party-List national spokesperson Lean Peace Flores said the Cybercrime Law is hiding in the guise of children protection but truth is that it is aimed to pacify dissent aired by netizens.
It can be recalled that the recently-passed law against cybercrime points-out child pornography as one of its four its offenses. Akap Bata Party-List sees Republic Act 10175 unnecessary to resolve child pornography in the country because we already have enacted law against child pornography since 2009.
The group believed that the real intention of the law is to criminalize the online libel offense.
Flores explained, “The Anti-Child Pornography Law (RA9775) pushed by our group three years ago is already enough to protect kiddie netizens against cyber sexual abuse. However, it is yet to be strictly implemented because up to this day, we have yet to receive reports of a jailed offender”
Akap Bata Party-List also said that it is callous for the Aquino government to gag the netizens when they are effective in propagating news updates and calling for actions especially during typhoons – something his government is poor in performance.
Kids have the right to ‘like,’ ‘tweet’ and ‘share’
Citing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Akap Bata Party-List stressed that Filipino children has the right to like, tweet/retweet and share their views online as well. According to Cartoon Network’s New Generations 2012 study, the following are the latest data of Pinoy kiddie netizen’s online activities:
· 82% of Filipino children access the Internet at least once a week
· 37% get online on a daily basis.
· 58% are fond of online gaming
· 52% are fond of social networking
· 41% use the internet to listen to music
· 23% share their photos online
· 28% use Internet to do their homework
While we recognize that the Internet is not safest playground, our group reminds adults of the ’10 Internet Rules for Children’ so that kids can determine the things that must and must not be done online. This includes:
NOT TO DO:
· Never announce personal information online.
· Never send out picture or anything without first checking with parents/guardians.
· Never agree to meet face-to-face someone.
· Never respond to messages that are cruel or makes you feel uncomfortable.
· Never give out passwords to anyone other than your parents/guardians.
· Be a good netizen by not doing thing that may hurt others and that are illegal.
· Tell parents/guardians about distressing information encountered online.
· Talk with parents/guardians regarding rules on going online.
· Help parents/guardians understand how to learn things over the internet.
· Check with parents/guardians before downloading or installing software.
“The United Nations has declared that the access to internet is a basic human right – children included.”
She concluded that the context of the right to internet is the right to freedom of expression.