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by March 23, 2018 Fun

MANILA, Philippines The ASEAN-Japan Forum on Media and Information Literacy convened here yesterday to discuss cyber wellness for the youth.

The two-day forum serves as platform for sharing and discussion on the issues and best practices in cyber wellness from various speakers, as well as delegations from ASEAN countries.

The Philippines Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Jose Ruperto Martin M.Andanar said the forum plays an important role in helping to shape the young minds in ASEAN countries to be in control of what they read, become responsively self-directed and develop good common sense judgement.

It is important that they would have the capacity to effectively access, organise, analyse, evaluate and create messages in a variety of forms.

Effectively, this kind of literacy would help in problem solving, in asking relevant questions and seeking the right answers in locating useful and necessary information, in forming opinions, evaluating sources, making correct decisions and fostering successful contributions to improve the quality of their own and their communities lives, he said.

Andanar ‘s speech was read out by PCOO Undersecretary Marvit Gatpayat.

Meanwhile, Philippine Information Agency Director-General Harold E.Clavite said cybercrimes had become a headache for leaders of the new era.

He said scams involving money and identity theft, as well as human trafficking and sex trade had found faster and sneakier avenues to thrive.

All these crimes have now transcended from detectable harmful websites to Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants. This is why it is important for us to ensure the wellness of our youth online, to protect them from these hazards and more, he said.

About 30 delegates from ASEAN countries are participating in the forum, representing three different sectors from each member states, namely information and media sector, academia and the youth sector.

The forum focuses on cyber-bullying, responsible use of online media, cyber identity and online relationships, as well as developing healthy digital habits.

The forum is the first component of the ASEAN-Japan Media and Information Literacy for the Youth project and will be followed by the development of multimedia materials and a national-level campaign across all ten ASEAN countries to promote cyber wellness among the youth.

Source: NAM News Network