Solutions to promote digital education and prevent online threats

Presented by: Olimpia Guidi

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed significant challenges for young Filipinos adapting to digital education. The abrupt shift to online learning, driven by social distancing measures, revealed inequalities in access, particularly affecting marginalised youth1. Economic disparities contribute to obstacles in acquiring essential devices and stable internet connections, intensifying the existing digital divide2. This transition disrupted traditional learning methods, emphasising the immediate need for inclusive strategies to cater to diverse student needs3. Additionally, the absence of face-to-face interaction exacerbates feelings of isolation among vulnerable groups, impeding their overall educational experience4.

Emerging Threats

The convergence of digital education and online threats introduces a multifaceted challenge for Filipino youth. The increased reliance on online platforms exposes young learners to explicit content and potential hacking risks. Insufficient digital literacy programs compound these issues, leaving students ill-prepared to navigate the complex digital landscape securely5. The prevalence of cyber threats has direct implications for the mental health and well-being of young individuals6. Integrating robust cybersecurity measures and comprehensive digital literacy curricula into educational frameworks is crucial to empower students to navigate the digital world safely.


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1 Tria, J. Z. (2020). The COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of education in the Philippines: The new normal. International Journal of Pedagogical Development and Lifelong Learning1(1), 2-4. Available at:

2 Ibid.

3 Ibid.

4 Ibid.

5 Medina, V. G., & Todd, R. J. (2019). Young people’s digital safety and wellbeing: findings from Philippines and Qatar. In Information Literacy in Everyday Life: 6th European Conference, ECIL 2018, Oulu, Finland, September 24–27, 2018, Revised Selected Papers 6 (pp. 176-187). Springer International Publishing.

6 Ibid.

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