Google launches a collection of spoken word poetry and animated videos on its local YouTube channel to teach digital responsibility and help Filipinos become better netizens and stewards of the Internet. The content is developed by youth volunteers of the Teach Peace Build Peace Movement (TPBPM), an NGO which aims to build peace online and in vulnerable communities nationwide.
The themes revolve around kindness, the value of strong passwords and online security; critical thinking; oversharing prevention; and courage online. With YouTube’s reach of over 40 million Filipinos, digital responsibility can be effectively taught to more people online.
The spoken word poetry is written and produced by TiTik Poetry, a youth group from Cavite that aims to use words and art to make a social impact.
The animated videos were illustrated and animated by Christwin Felix, a volunteer, who has been teaching multimedia arts for more than 10 years. The stories were written by Grace Bufi, a housewife and a passionate storyteller. Grace, along with her husband Rey Bufi, established the Basa Bookstore and The Storytelling Project, a non-profit organization which aims to spark hope, inspiration, and imagination through storytelling.
Dingdong Dantes provided a voice over in all the five animated videos as the “Badge Giver”, a character who explains the moral of the story, while YouTube creator Janina Vela introduces, narrates, and concludes each of the stories to highlight the lessons.
“At Google, we believe in enabling partners, communities and volunteers so we can all build a safer internet. The campaign is a shared effort of individuals from different walks of life to demonstrate that everyone can make a valuable contribution and be a better netizen. Everyone can use their passion, talents, or skills to promote digital responsibility in their own way.“
– Bernadette Nacario, Country Director of Google Philippines
On Safer Internet Day of 2020, Google and TPBPM launched a campaign called Cyberpeace to teach at least 10,000 high school students about digital responsibility. Amid the pandemic, with the help of several volunteers, the campaign reached more than 416,000 netizens nationwide through digital means such as social media and webinars.
Check out the spoken word poetry and animated videos on Google Philippines YouTube Channel. You can also join the conversation online using the hashtag #SaferInternet4Filipinos.