Health and Fitness

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.

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.

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.



  1. KC B. Recto
    September 3, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    This is Great! Specially sa mga kabataan na mahilig mag Tiktok or gumagamit ng tiktok. Isa rin ako sa kanila at kahit yung 22 months kung bby nakakapa nuod na rin ng Tiktok. Good topic para mapakinggan nating lahat.

  2. Lyka (mitra) Baqueros
    September 3, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Salamat naman po at mas pina safe na po nila ang tiktok.. ❤? napakarami pp kaseng mga kabataan ang halos gumagamit ng tiktok na app kaya dapat mas may safety na lahat ng kabataang gumagamit nito.. ❤

  3. Bessie Ramos
    September 3, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Maganda po ang ginawa ng tiktok na magbigay ng community guidelines at policies ang mgauupload na mga content creator para maging safety ang video lalo na mas madami ang bata ang nawiwili sa panunuod ng tiktok

  4. Marites Co
    September 3, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    YaY! this is nice and big help to everyone ??❤

  5. Erica Sosing
    September 3, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Sobrang helpful po etong webinar hosted by tiktok mommy. Para malaman po natin yun safety sa ating Tiktok account. Magandang malaman ng mga tiktok users especially the parents Yun mga safety kasi madami nang mga contents na di maganda ang naglalabasan sa tiktok.? Maganda po tlaga na may gabay ng magulang. ? This is a great online webinar po tlaga. ?

  6. Antoniette Sanchez David
    September 4, 2020 at 5:19 am

    Galing talaga ng tiktok maganda po talaga ang hadhikain nila para sa mg tao safety first muna talaga ang intindihin dahil madami ng tao ngayon ang nanamantala lali na oag dating sa social media at para sa safety nadin ng mga bata dahil karamihan sila ang ginagamit dahilan sa social media

  7. Anarose Lucero
    September 4, 2020 at 8:05 am

    good to know na iniimprove ng tiktok ang safety policies and features nila para sa proteksyon ng mga users sa bansa natin,dati medyu kabado ako gumawa ng account lalo na at ung anak ko ang gumagawa ng videos nag aalala ako sa privacy pero upon reading this na nagkakaroon ng mga ways para ma improve ang safety,yes to tiktok pa din.

  8. Karen
    September 4, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Very helpful ang webinar n ito ng tiktok para mgabayan natin ang ating mga anak.Marami n po kc nglalabasan n video malaswa sa tiktok ..big help po ito lalo n sa ating mga mgulang

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