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Web Rangers: The search for online heroes in the Philippines is over
Monday, August 31, 2015
Over the past few months we’ve been busy searching for
in the Philippines. Who are Web Rangers? They are ordinary teenagers with extraordinary ideas to make using the Internet a safer and more enjoyable experience.
Together with the National Youth Commission, we gathered sixty Web Rangers to talk about what it means to stay safe online, and to learn the basics of digital campaigning. Armed with this knowledge, our Web Rangers went off to create their own campaigns to help bring an end to cyberbullying, and to encourage their peers to create a safe and positive environment on the web.
Let’s meet the winners and their campaigns:
The creators of #Cyberbully404 with National Youth Commission Chairman Gio Tingson (left). The winners are Adj Regidor (Enderun College), Bea Aquino (Miriam College High School), Haedric Daguman (St. John of Beverley School), Hyun Ju Song (De La Salle Santiago Zobel School) and Reanna Noel (Miriam College High School)
Winning entry: #Cyberbully404
These Web Rangers handed out cards with insulting words printed on them to teens, and then asked them to give them to their classmates. The results of this mini social experiment were clear—none of the teens with cards gave any away because they felt they were demeaning and hurtful. If you wouldn’t say it in person, why do it online? The Web Rangers encouraged others to spread the word on social media using the hashtag #cyberbully404. “404” is a browser error message indicating that a web page “cannot be found” — which is what this team want to see happen to cyber bullies in the future.
First runner-up: “Words Hurt”
In second place was this campaign demonstrating the power of words online. The campaign slogan, “What can you do to stop cyberbullying?” called for people to step up against cyberbullying, the team also set up a
containing anti-bullying tips and resources.
Second runner-up: #TheCyberSongProject
The Cyber Song Project used something Pinoys love — music — to spread the word about cyberbullying. The team wrote and performed original songs which curated as a playlist on their
. They also invited contributions to the playlist by sharing their songs on social media with the hashtag #TheCyberSongProject.
A big congratulations to all our Pinoy Web Rangers! To learn more about keeping yourself safe online, check out the
Google Safety Center
Posted by Gail Tan, Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Google Philippines
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