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Blogging Workshop About Children Held - A tool for anti-child labor advocates

Technical skills to maximize social media presence like visuals and infographic, basic web design tools, writing effective content, video blogging or vlogging, social media ethics and social media as tool for advocacy are some of the topics lined up in a two-day workshop on blogging about children for some anti-child labor advocates in the country held on 20-21 November 2012 at Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila.

Sponsored by the Federation of Free Workers  (FFW), the international Labour Organisation – International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labor (ILO-IPEC),  and the Office of Kabataan Party List Representative Mong Palatino, the workshop aims to equip the  participants  blogging  skills that will open a  venue for blogsites on the campaign to  eliminate child labor.

Julius Cainglet, FFW assistant vice  president and chair of the Child Labor Knowledge Sharing System Sub-Committee (CLKSS-Com), remarked  that blogging and the necessary support  tools found in the internet have been responsible for helping social movements clarify its messages and organize  solidarity actions, gatherings, training programs  and  even  conferences.

“While other  issues have  developed and nurtured a lot of bloggers and produced numerous blogs, the  child labor issue, in particular, has  had  no “resident”  bloggers who will  direct a lot of netizens to  the child  labor portal  in the Philippines – the Child Labor Knowldge  Sharing System (CLKSS) website,” Cainglet said.

Kabataan Party List  Representative Mong Palatino, in  his opening  remarks,  said  that he is preparing a bill in Congress integrating social  media ethics into the school curriculum to teach children and other internet  users on right behaviour online, at  what  age should  a  child be allowed  to  use  the  internet  and  social  sites like  Facebook, among others.  This is better, he added, than the anti-cyber crime law.

Likewise, Palatino emphasized that social media  indeed  is a tool  for  advocacy and he expressed his hope that the participants  will  be  able to popularize  their messages on social media.

Speakers  for  the  workshop are award-winning and renowned bloggers on youth, children and a  wide  array of social issues.(Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns)

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