Beware of ‘Momo,’ other online dangers

MANILA -- Hoax or not, beware of the Momo challenge and other dangers found in the internet, the Department of Information and Communications (DICT) warned.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio made this warning during the 35th Cabinet meeting on Monday night amid the challenge which reportedly led to self-harm and suicide among several youth.

Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio said that whether the Momo challenge is a hoax or not, the Department is warning the public of the dangers which can be found in the internet Panelo said in a statement.

Panelo, meanwhile, said DICT and other concerned agencies have advised parents to check on their children's activities online.

The DICT, together with the Department of Education (DepEd), is targeting parents to monitor and give guidance to their children on how to use the internet, he added.

At present, DICT, through its Cybersecurity Division continues to conduct digital parenting conferences aimed at helping parents in monitoring online activities of their children.

The department's Cybersecurity Division also plans to craft policies and technical remedies to make cyberspace a safer place for children.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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