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IPO conducts forum on Responsible Use of Social Media


“Protect your privacy and that of others, think before you write and click, no to cyber bullying and, spend less time on social media and more on human,” said Prof. John Lorenz Belanio, featured speaker of the lecture forum, #RUSM: Responsible Use of Social Media.

The talk was organized by the UPV Information and Publications Office on October 18, 2017 at the MILP AVR, UP Visayas, Miagao campus.

On protecting privacy, Belanio offered the following tips: review privacy settings, turn-off geo-location settings; do not accept friend request from people you don’t know; create private groups when needed; set one’s social profile to non-searchable; do not share passwords with anyone; and do not mindlessly click yes to apps and games as they will have access to you and your friends.

He also stressed the importance of asking permission from friends before tagging them in uploaded pictures. In addition, he also said to refrain posting of intimate pictures of yourself, your family or friends as these can be captured through screenshots even for just a few seconds should you delete them immediately.

On the think before you write and click part, Belanio said that every meal or random thought is not post-worthy.Before hitting “post” or “tweet,”he said to “ask yourself what value your post or comment offers and what your motivation might be as an end result.”

He also said to take your complaint offline, do not post or share solutions to homework/ assignments, term papers, etc. and respect other people’s intellectual property. Do not post something that is pirated (e.g. movies, music) or claim something that is not yours.

In addition he also said not to post anything when you are emotional (this includes anger or euphoria), tired, quarreled with a friend, disciplined, failed a test, saw an unflattering post about you from a rival, among others.

Belanio took a strong stand against cyber bullying defined as,“a form of harassment that occurs via the Internet that may include vicious forum posts, name calling in chat rooms, posting fake profiles on websites, and mean or cruel email messages”(Hardcastle, 2011).

He pointed out that it occurs mostly among young people but when adults are involved, it may escalate into more serious act called cyber-harassment or cyberstalking.

He cited common forms of cyberbullying as:

  • Flaming and Trolling: sending or posting hostile messages intended to “inflame” the emotions of others.
  • Happy Slapping: recording someone being harassed or bullied then posting the video online for public viewing.
  • Identity theft/impersonation: stealing someone’s password or hijacking their online accounts to send or post humiliating pictures, video, or information.
  • Photoshopping: “doctoring” digital images so that the main subject is placed in a compromising or embarrassing situation.
  • Physical threats: sending messages that involve threats to a person’s physical safety.
  • Rumor spreading: spreading gossip through email, text messaging or social networking sites.

In order to avoid being cyberbullied he said that we should do the following

  • Avoid posting personal or private information.
  • Do not post someone else’s personal information.
  • Don’t believe everything you read.
  • Do not respond to an angry message with anger.
  • Never open messages from strangers no matter how curious you are.
  • Do not send chain mail, hoaxes, or long winded mails.
  • Use the BCC: field when forwarding messages
  • Proofread your messages.
  • Beware of certain topics.
  • Do not post or mail anything that is very private.
  • Do not take photos or video of someone else without their knowledge and permission.
  • If a stronger individual approaches you to bully another person or group, just say no.
  • If your friends start teasing someone online or via text, do not participate.
  • If you are attacked by a cyberbully, ignore, but keep the messages as proof.

“A cyber bully is a cyber-coward. Whoever they are they are not worth having contact with,” he emphasized.

Finally, Belanio said that it is truly important to spend less time on social media and more on humans. To wean ourselves from it he said that we should make a mindful assessment on how much time we are really spending on it and suggested to make a “No phones at the table” rule. He also added that buying an old school alarm clock to wake us up will be helpful so that we can put our phone elsewhere and not beside our bed.

“Take a tech-cation, get moving with friends. If you are feeling gutsy, temporarily or permanently remove your FB or any social media apps from your phone,” he concluded.

The lecture-forum was attended by UPV faculty, staff and students. (Lyncen Fernandez)

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