DepEd urged to hold ‘media literacy week’ vs. social media misinformation

MANILA– Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV has urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to consider conducting a “media literacy week” or “responsible social media use week” to combat misinformation on social media.

“Maybe we can work on something that can match that level of speed, exponential growth and energy that we see online,” said Aquino, who chairs the Senate committee on education.

“This is something we can explore further and I’m confident that everyone will be willing to volunteer,” he added.

Aquino called on DepEd and different stakeholders to join forces in combating rampant trolling and spread of misinformation on social media.

He stressed that to date, Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa and Carlo Ople of the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) have already expressed their willingness to help the initiative against trolling and misinformation on social media.

The DepEd, meanwhile, has established mechanisms that would guide netizens into being responsible social media users.

Aquino said that the main concern right now is to recognize the problem and later find a solution.

He said that these efforts are meant “to create a society that is more humane and compassionate towards each other and a Philippines that is more tolerant of different ideas and beliefs”.

Earlier, Aquino filed Senate Resolution No. 173 to determine how schools are educating and developing students regarding the responsible use of social media. PNA