The Philippines is among the world’s top social media users. In this global social media research study, it says that the Philippines is the top country that uses Facebook. We’re the fifth that uses YouTube and fifth that uses Twitter. And young Filipinos comprise the largest chunk of those social media users from the country.
This is why it’s really crucial for all of us to continue collaborating with the youth. Aside from the fact that they’re the most avid users of social media, they’re also avid content creators. They have vlogs, blogs, TikToks, IG stories etc. And what better content is there for them to help create but good, responsible ones that promote peace and dialogue?
Last February 12, 2020, I had the lovely chance to meet roughly 70 Meranao students and teachers from Masiricampo Abantas Memorial Islamic and Science Academy, Marawi City. I was invited to speak about the power of social media and how it can be used to foster peace.
That day, I shared some ways on how they can use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other social media platforms to communicate peace and to be active in their own communities.
One of my challenges for the Marawi students was this: Only post things online that you can say in person.
My warmest gratitude to the Lakbay Diyalogo Travel Services and Consultancy, a social enterprise of the Mindanaw Tripartite Youth Core, and my fellow US Government Alumni Association member Jana Dacobor.