DICT urges schools to refrain from using social media for assignments

DICT urges schools to refrain from using social media for assignments

- The DICT wants the schools to stop using social media for disseminating information

- They are planning to issue a memorandum circular about this

- DICT will be coordinating with DepEd and Ched to formulate the policies

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The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said that schools should refrain from using social media to give assignments and other requirements.

KAMI learned that the DICT is eyeing to issue a memorandum circular regarding this matter and hopes to finalize it this year.

In a report by the GMA News (author Jon Viktor Cabuenas), DICT said that an official online platform should be required for disseminating information, and not just social media sites.

“Gusto sana natin i-veer away ‘yung mga bata, hangga’t maari, from social media. That’s why we will require an official platform should they resort to giving the assignments online,” Information Technology Officer Gen Macalinao said.

“‘Pag online, dapat may official platform. Puwede rin namang email, through text,” she added.

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As reported by the Inquirer, Macalinao shared her own experience with her son.

“I experienced this through my 16-year-old [son]. If I tell him to stop on social media, he’ll show me the chat of the teacher and show me that the teacher actually created a group and post the assignments there,” she noted.

The DICT will be coordinating with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (Ched) to enhance their policies and develop cybersecurity, most especially for children.

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