/ 9 May 2021

THE UP Open University together with PLDT conducted a webinar to empower Filipino teens to be responsible users of social media.

Over 1,400 high school students from public schools across the country attended the Infoteach Outreach Digital Literacy Series on ‘Responsible Use of Social Media’.

Guest panelist Dr. Lani Cervantes, OIC, Schools Division Superintendent, Department of Education Division of Ormoc City, said social media must be used with utmost care.

“Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, among others, must be used with utmost care and caution to make them more relevant to the curriculum. It requires a balanced decision whether or not to post or upload something. It requires a broad perspective to regulate what we share or promote and what we comment on or give feedback,” she said.

PLDT First Vice President and Head of Corporate Communications Cathy Yap-Yang said teens can become part of the solution to the problem of social media being weaponized by some sectors in the online community.

With their varied points of view, beliefs, and principles, the youth should take the opportunity to be heard, she added.

The PLDT-UPOU Infoteach Outreach Digital Literacy Series is still ongoing and held every Friday, 10:00 am to 11:30 a.m. until May 21.