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DSWD to Netizens: Stop Sharing Photos, Videos Degrading Children

DSWD to netizens: Stop sharing photos, videos degrading children

DSWD to Netizens: Stop Sharing Photos, Videos Degrading Children
DSWD to Netizens: Stop Sharing Photos, Videos Degrading Children

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) appeals to netizens to stop uploading and sharing photos and videos showing children in degrading situations.
“As we all know, social media has its good and bad sides. What is important is for us to be responsible in reporting these cases of violence, whether done in jest or not, to authorities for immediate action. Once you receive photos or videos on abuses, please do not share them because these will also lead children to experience insecurity and low self-esteem when they grow older,” Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said.
The DSWD said that instead of posting these photos in social media, netizens should report these photos to DSWD or to the Philippine National Police.
Sec. Soliman cited another photo that surfaced in the internet showing a child with a lit cigarette on her mouth just a day after DSWD rescued and took temporary custody of the child on a leash.
Soliman warned parents and perpetrators to avoid making the same mistake committed by the mother of the child on a leash. She reiterated that they could be held liable under Republic Act 9262 or the Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) Act and under Republic Act 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.