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TikTok reinforces commitment to safer digital space with its 1st online safety webinar in PH

TikTok reinforces commitment to safer digital space with its 1st online safety webinar in PH

TikTok hosted its first-ever online safety webinar in the Philippines titled Creating a Safe Online Environment for Creative Expression on August 27, 2020 as part of its commitment to continue being a safe and welcoming space for self-expression. Opening the online event and discussing the safety thrusts of the platform was TikTok Public Policy Head for the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, Donny Eryastha. Sharing experiences with TikTok’s safety features from a parent and a content creator standpoint, celebrity Amy Perez also joined the conversation. Resource speakers from the Department of Education (DepEd) and UNICEF participated and shared each sector’s initiative in maintaining a digitally-safe community.

Safety is a TikTok priority

A panel discussion moderated by journalist and TV host, Kara Patria David-Cancio, highlighted internet and social media safety topics that are relevant to users in the Philippines.

Safety is a TikTok priority,” said Donny Eryastha, Head of Public Policy for the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. He provided viewers with a brief background on the app’s safety policies and features, and the continuing efforts made to ensure the security of their users. Eryastha emphasized that the app’s safety features can be fully realized if content creators and users actively use it, saying, “We encourage our content creators and users to help foster a safer online community. We designed the app with your safety in mind. Our privacy settings enable every user to filter who can view, react, or comment on their posts, as well as to who can duet or download their videos. Take the time to read our Community Guidelines. This will help you better understand the culture of positivity and creativity that we harbor and how you can help maintain a safer community for self-expression.”

Online learning transition

The next talk centered on the government’s efforts on digital safety for the Filipino youth. DepEd Child Rights Senior Officer Atty. Gil Anthony Aquino shared that with the online learning transition, the education bureau has quickly adapted to these changes. Aquino stated, “Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility. It is a strong commitment that we have toward these young minds. Currently, we are bolstering the Child Protection Policy and in the process of consultation with our stakeholders. We welcome organizations and groups who are interested to do collaborations and contributions to our child protection initiatives.

This was followed by UNICEF Child Protection Specialist Atty. Marj Ardivilla, who spoke about how everyone can work together to build a safer digital space. UNICEF has been working to protect children online by increasing public awareness, strengthening investigation and prosecution of online sexual abuse and exploitation cases, and improving delivery of services in the most vulnerable communities. She also shared best practices that Filipinos can employ. During her talk, Atty. Marj appealed to the youth, “Online safety starts with you. During these difficult times, we need to practice empathy. Be kind online. Send positive messages and support your peers. Spread the word about online safety and spark meaningful conversations with your family and friends about this. Support our causes like SaferKidsPH and help keep Filipino kids safe online.

The final panelist to speak was Celebrity Content Creator, Amy Perez, who has become as popular for her TikTok videos as her TV programs. In sharing her digital journey as a content creator, she was able to help promote safe ways to create and share content through various online platforms. To wrap-up her talk, the millennial tita left a sensible piece of advice, “Technology is a tool we can use to our advantage to protect our children. Check the safety and privacy features of the apps that your children are using. Parental controls, like TikTok’s family pairing feature, is a helpful tool in monitoring our kids’ online activities.

TikTok’s Family Pairing offers parents a set of controls to manage their teens’ Digital Wellbeing. A comprehensive, expanded publication of the Community Guidelines was released in January 2020 to help maintain a supportive and welcoming environment on the platform. On top of these, TikTok provides other resources such as educational safety videos to continue to provide a safer space for creative self-expression.

The webinar ended with a Q&A session, which addressed queries from the audience, and provided viewers with additional insights on the topics discussed. All in all, it was an enriching afternoon of learning for all in attendance.

Watch out for more internet safety initiatives from TikTok in the coming weeks. Enjoy a safe and fun online environment when you download TikTok on your iOS and Android devices today.


Donny Eryastha

Head of Public Policy (Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines), TikTok

Donny Eryastha is Head of Public Policy at TikTok, driving government relations and policy initiatives for Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. 

With over 12 years of experience specialising in public policy, government relations, research, consulting, and private sector development, Donny most recently led Public Policy for Facebook in Indonesia, where he was at the forefront of driving policy and regulatory programs, tackling issues such as digital literacy, data localization, counter-terrorism and more.

Prior to Facebook, Donny has also served as a strategic policy and economics adviser in leading organizations such as The World Bank, ERIA (Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia) and AUSAID (Australian Government Overseas Aid Program), among others. 

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Donny holds a Masters of Public Administration in International Development from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. When he’s not working on policy matters, Donny spends time taking care of his two-year-old daughter and also enjoys travelling, movies and observing skyscrapers. 


Atty. Gil Anthony Aquino

Child Rights Senior Officer, Department of Education

Atty. Gil Anthony Aquino is the Child Rights Senior Officer of the Department of Education (DepEd). [He] is primarily responsible for leading the strategic development and growth of rights-based education (RBE) in the Philippine basic education system, by overseeing, coordinating, and monitoring child rights projects and initiatives in the DepEd, and managing relationships and partnerships with stakeholders. [He] was a lawyer at the Center for International law, specializing in human rights and international law cases, for three years before joining DepEd in July 2020.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, major in Chemistry at the Ateneo de Manila University, and Juris Doctor at the University of the Philippines College of Law. He completed his Masters of Law in Human Rights at the University of Hong Kong.


Amy Perez-Castillo

Celebrity/Content Creator

Amy Perez, is a Filipino TV and radio presenter and occasional actress who has anchored three radio programs and has hosted several TV shows and has appeared in a number of series and movies as an occasional actress. At present, she’s amusing us with her wit and brilliance as one of the reputable presenters of the Kapamilya morning show Umagang Kay Ganda and DZMM Teleradyo program Sakto, as well as one of the gregarious hosts of It’s Showtime.

Recently, she enthusiastically announced that she’s already on TikTok! Tyang Amy is apparently having the time of her life in the hottest social media app on the planet based on  her TikTok videos. With how she amazingly keeps pace with the latest trends and with her younger colleagues, followers, and audiences, the title “Millennial Tita” is absolutely just appropriate for her.

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