The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has issued a warning against online abuse and exploitation targeting children during the Youth Privacy Advocates Annual Summit on Friday, according to a report by Jun Veneracion on "24 Oras."
"Hihimukin nila na magbigay ka ng personal na impormasyon, gagawing ka-close yung mga bata. Ige-gain nila yung trust nung mga nakakausap nilang bata," Roren Marie Chin, chief Public Information and Assistance division of the commission said.
"Pwedeng mag-start nang manghingi ng mga pictures. Pwedeng explicit na mga pictures ito. Kumpletong address, ang mga contaact information, or hingan din ng mga credit card numbers yung bata," she added.
Based on data gathered by the GMA News Research and a survey by End Child Prostitution and Trafficking, Interpol, and UNICEF, at least two million children have become victims of online sexual exploitation and abuse last year.
The research also found that 20 percent of internet users in the Philippines aged 12-17 have experienced abuse online.
"Syempre natatakot din ako kasi baka mamaya dun siya pumunta sa ibang site na ano. Kaya minsan nililimit ko rin yung kanyang--- 'wag siyang magopen. Alam niya yung limitasyon niya don. Sinabi ko sakanya talaga yon," Zenaida Ramos-Sarita, a parent.
NPC advised children to avoid talking to strangers on the internet. They must not give personal information and limit the websites visited, so they don't fall victim to online abuse.—Sherylin Untalan/LDF, GMA News