Total Access Communication (DTAC), the Information and Communications Technology Ministry and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission are jointly pushing a "Safe Internet" project to inspire young Thais to become good digital citizens,
DTAC chief executive officer Lars-Ake Norling said his company was trying to be a responsible Internet provider. It will organise various activities throughout the year under the project.
To kick off a series of activities, DTAC is organising a “Digital Citizen Talk” show, hosted by IT/digital guru Pongsuk “Nui” Hiranprueck, to educate young children on the Internet and online dangers and to inspire them to use the Internet to create opportunities and develop and lead them to success. The talk show will be held at 10 pilot schools in 10 cities across the country.
DTAC is also creating the first “Thai Digital Citizen Hub” as a forum for young people to learn, see opportunities, and share their ideas and experiences with risk exposure online, best practices on Internet behaviour, and concerns about legal frameworks or social-usage regulations and guidelines.
The first hub has been created by a strategic collaboration with mThai.com, one of the most popular entertainment portals, which gets more than 850,000 daily visits, mostly by young people. The song “180 Degrees” is used to promote the digital-citizenship trend.
Sompo Kanjanaporn, adviser to the ICT Ministry, said the military regime’s promotion of a “digital economy” with universal and equal access to the Internet would not only lay the foundation for telecommunications infrastructure, but would also lead to a robust and dynamic economic system through the use of digital technology and the Internet.
Currently, Thailand is experiencing leapfrog growth in Internet usage. Based on 2014 data from the National Statistical Office, youth and children account for 69.7 per cent of total Internet usage in the Kingdom.
However, it has also been seen that the Internet poses threats to society, and in most cases, both abusers and victims are aged between 13 and 25.
“One of the missions of the Ministry of ICT is to enable our people to use digital technology and the Internet in a safe and constructive way and become the foundation of sustainable development of our country,” Sompo said.