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Gender, sexual orientation are top online abuse topics says dtac

Every minute, an average of 39 abusive messages are posted on social media in Thailand, says report commissioned by dtac. Due to prevalence of cyberbullying at school, dtac is partnering with Plan International Thailand to empower teachers with a diversity curriculum against cyberbullying In celebration of Stop Cyberbullying Day (19 June), dtac is campaigning against cyberbullying through the Why We Bully campaign (June 19, 2020) – A research commissioned by dtac shows that Thai netizens have a higher risk of suffering from cyberbullying due to COVID-19-related lockdowns increasing online screen time by five hours a day on average. On Thai social network sites, 39 abusive messages are posted every minute. More than half of them are related to physical appearance, sexual orientation and personal beliefs. Face-to-face bullying starts in the classroom and escalates online, where teachers lack knowledge to tackle the problem. In response, dtac announced a partnership with Plan International Thailand to enhance digital skills and diversity awareness among Thai youth. Onuma Rerkpattanapipat, Head of Communications and Sustainability at Total Access Communications PLC or dtac, said: “Online hate speech has increased dramatically in Thailand. Messages on social network sites are full of hate speech. It reflects the lack of…

dtac supports Samyan community during COVID-19

June 3, 2020 – dtac launches two initiatives to help ease the economic hardship for the community members – residents and street food vendors around Samyan neighborhood who are suffering from the impact of COVID-19 outbreak. Sharad Mehrotra, chief executive officer at Total Access Communication Plc or dtac, said: “In the midst of unprecedented time, dtac realizes our role in joining the nation’s efforts to recover and rebuild a resilient society during the post-COVID-19 to cope with the new normal. We’ve brought our expertise and worked around the clock to keep customers, healthcare workers and public servants connected over the past two months of the spread of the deadly virus. Located in the heart of Samyan community and as a good neighbor to the Samyan neighborhood, dtac constantly makes a social contribution to the community. During this difficult time, dtac is pleased to play a part in easing the economic hardship for those who lives nearby the community through two initiatives. The first is #savestreetfood series on dtacblog, recommending some of the area’s tastiest restaurants—the perfect way to use dtac reward discounts on delivery apps Get, Foodpanda and Skootar. Read the review here https://dtacblog.co/story-th/hokkee-phochana/ To sustain measure to relieve those…

dtac supports healthcare workers and volunteers with free internet, shows unity in the “new normal”

May 27, 2020 – To accelerate Thailand’s recovery processes, dtac is supporting doctors, nurses, other healthcare workers and Village Health Volunteers (VHVs) all over the country by offering them unlimited internet for three months. It is part of a wider #bettertogether campaign to boost morale and encourage unity in the “new normal.” All healthcare workers using dtac monthly postpaid plans can register for this special privilege via the dtac application from May 20th – June 10th, 2020. Already, 8,000 healthcare workers have registered. The dtac app is available at  http://dtac.co.th/s/vqIMV Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer Total Access Communication Public Company Limited or dtac said, “As a sign Thailand is ready to begin a new chapter after the COVID-19 crisis along with the public, dtac has also changed the network name seen on the top left of mobile screens from ‘Stay Safe’ to ‘Better Together.’ It signals that by being optimistic and united, caring for each other and sharing kindness, we can get through these tough times.” dtac is also encouraging the public to participate by sharing video clips which were posted on all dtac social media channels on 20 May 2020 (Facebook, LINE, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter). The video clips…

“dtac fights back against COVID-19” initiative supports Siriraj Hospital

Staffing resources from dtac helps patients and clinicians stay connected via remote healthcare service Siriraj Connect and avoid COVID-19 infection Enhanced management system allows patients to get easier access to medical advice May 1, 2020 – As part of its “dtac fights back against COVID-19” project, dtac is providing in-kind support to Siriraj Hospital by bringing its expertise of customer care to connect clinicians and patients via the “Siriraj Connect” mobile app. dtac’s support includes both staffing resources and connectivity services – SMS, MMS and IVR (Interactive Voice Response) or automated telephony technology – to benefit Siriraj Hospital’s telehealth program to monitor and prevent the spread of COVID-19. In addition, the app alleviates the need for some patients to visit the hospital, benefiting social distancing and supporting medical personnel at a time of stretched resources. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Visit Vamvanij, Director of Siriraj Hospital, said, “The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic had an immense impact on various sectors, particularly medical and public health services. Providing the usual public health services during the current crisis is a key mission for Siriraj Hospital. This is why we developed “Siriraj Connect”, a telemedicine solution, providing a range of medical services via online consultation…

Connecting society to what matters most

May 8, 2020 - In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Thais must navigate new ways of educating children, running businesses, maintaining critical societal functions, all while trying to ensure the health and welfare of those affected. dtac vows to support them with connectivity solutions that can maintain social distancing while dulling the outbreak’s economic impact. “This crisis has highlighted the importance of connectivity, with higher demands for telecom services and considerable pressure on networks all over the world. The stakes are high and growing,” said Sharad Mehrotra, CEO of dtac. dtac is now stepping up its contribution to Thai society in its struggle to fight the effects of the coronavirus with five key initiatives: Free and special charges for data services to ensure business continuity and a connected life for our customers. Sustained investments in secure and reliable networks, offering added coverage and capacity where needed. Readiness to leverage our mobility data analytics for health authorities to predict and prevent the spread of the virus. In-kind donations and donation channels for critical missions to fight back against COVID-19 outbreak. A Young Safe Internet Leader’s Cyber-Camp to mitigate Thai youths’ exposure to risky online interactions. Free and special charges…

dtac supports mental health hotlines facing COVID-19-related surge

May 8, 2020 – dtac has equipped the Psychiatric Association of Thailand’s volunteering services with free hotlines and easy-to-remember numbers from 063-474-0061 to 0065. The hotlines are facing a surge in calls due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on mental health. Under the “dtac Joins Forces to Fight COVID-19” (dtac Ruam Rang Jai Fight COVID-19) initiative, dtac is providing hotlines from 063-474-0061 to 0065, without any call charges to patients or to the Psychiatric Association of Thailand. The hotlines are particularly critical right now as they reduce the risk of infection that comes with hospital visits and provide much-needed support to patients facing COVID-19-related stress. The Psychiatric Association of Thailand states that due to the COVID-19 crisis in April, the number of calls to its mental health hotlines increased 100%, and that they are key to limiting a surge in suicide rates at times of increased stress. The Psychiatric Association of Thailand increases hotline efficiency to provide mental health support. Associate Prof. Dr. Pichai Itsakul, Secretary of the Psychiatric Association of Thailand, said, “The Psychiatric Association of Thailand has plans to provide mental health phone counseling for anyone affected from the COVID-19 pandemic. This service is to alleviate…

Get to know “Cabin Fever”, psychological effects and other risks that are hidden in spending too much time on the Internet, during the lockdown period caused by COVID-19

April 8, 2020 - Children that are trapped in the house for a long time may face a condition called “Cabin Fever” or mental stress condition that they are not allowed to go anywhere, except staying at home. It is a feeling that is associated with negative emotions and suffering caused by limited space. Also, it significantly leads to irritability, boredom, distracting, hopelessness or even abnormal behavior. Nevertheless, things that could help children from Cabin Fever are sleeping and exercising properly, in which parents play a big role in designing their daily activities to make more discipline in their daily life. Hence, dtac has 5 Tips To Help Your Children Stay Safe Online During Lockdown 1. Talk to your children about what’s happening Try to help your child understand what is going on by giving a truthful explanation that is appropriate for their age. This may help reduce feelings of confusion, anger, sadness, and fear. You can’t fix everything, but you can make sure that they know you are there for them. 2. Help them spend quality time online Children who are stuck inside are likely to be drawn to screens for entertainment, but you can help them make good…

dtac calls for applications for the 2nd edition of Young Safe Internet Leader Camp

In response to COVID-19, the initiative, in partnership with DEPA, Thai Media Fundand the Internet Foundation, becomes the first online camp of its kind in Thailand March 30, 2020 –The Young Safe Internet Leader Camp (YSLC)’s second edition is now accepting applications until April 10, to empower Thai youth to improve society and develop their digital resilience. In response to the spread of COVID-19, dtac has moved the three-month camp online, leveraging digital technology to create responsible netizens. On-Uma Rerkpattanapipat, Head of Communications and Sustainability at Total Access Communication PLC or dtac, said: “During the COVID-19 outbreak, over 5 million secondary school students will have to stay home and spend more than 10 hours online with their phones or tablets which means that the online risk will be significantly increased. However, dtac believes that Thai youth could potentially be changed from the role of online victims to the becoming of change agent. Therefore, dtac Young Safe Internet Leader Camp (YSLC) is aimed to be an online opportunity platform for youth all over Thailand, to be able to access to Safe Internet learning resource through online lessons and incubation process. Moreover, thanks to the overwhelming success of the first edition of…

dtac Received the Global Warming Prevention Organization Award from the ‘CoolMode’ Staff Uniform Collection

February 25, 2020 – Total Access Communication Public Company Limited, or dtac, received the Global Warming Prevention Organization Award due to the company’s strategy in tackling global warming issues by providing new staff uniforms made from Cool Mode fabric. The award ceremony took place at the “Global Warming Prevention Organization by CoolMode Fabric” seminar organized by the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (Public Organization), or TGO, and Thailand Textile Institute. The event aimed at honoring organizations that use CoolMode fabric as either their staff uniforms or attire for occasional activities. Using CoolMode fabric makes this environmentally friendly material become more widespread and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Thailand. dtac uses CoolMode fabric for the staff uniform at all dtac service centers in Thailand. The total number of uniforms in this collection is 8,020. 12,814 yards of fabric was used in the production. Using CoolMode cloth not only saves electricity but also makes anyone wearing it feel fresh. Therefore, air conditioners can be set at around 26-27 degree Celsius instead of 25 degree Celsius as usual. This 1 degree Celsius difference saves up to 10 percent of the electricity bill and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Designed by the famous fashion designer…

dtac and Yara announce collaboration to launch digital agriculture solutions in Thailand

19 Feb 2020, Bangkok – dtac and Yara in Thailand are joining efforts to bring together agricultural knowledge and digital connectivity to deliver unparalleled access to agriculture information and resources to empower smallholder farming communities. This is an exciting first step for both organizations, to leverage their strengths and leading industry positions in Thailand to offer a unique value proposition to millions of smallholder farmers. The agriculture sector in Thailand is at a pivotal point in its digital transformation with the Thailand 4.0 strategy driving this shift through strategic and enabling government policies that support the advancement of farms with modern technologies, precision agriculture tools, and data-driven smart farming solutions. The collaboration between dtac and Yara has the potential to accelerate agriculture development into the new digital age through a combination of Yara’s global crop nutrition and digital farming capabilities with dtac’s leading digital connectivity technologies to make a real impact on smallholder farmers productivity and livelihoods. “Telecommunications is a key enabler for innovation in a digital economy, with the emergence of new connectivity technologies such as 5G, IoT and AI, we see massive opportunities to drive transformation across major industry sectors. Agriculture as a key pillar of the Thai…