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Graduating Broadcast Communication students from PUP Sta. Mesa launched internet safety campaigns as part of their final requirements for their course, Media Literacy. Different class groups organized simultaneous events in different high schools in Metro Manila. WSPH is graced two of the events with Maribeth Oliver as resource speaker. Here is a summary of these events.

February 28, Sto Nino National High School, Marikina City…|

The theme for this campaign is “iLike: A Call for Responisible Use of Facebook” two speakers where invited to share experience with 200 high school Freshmen of Sto Nino National High School, Marikina City. Mrs. Oliver discussed about the advantage and disadvantage of using Facebook, safety tips and how to use privacy settings. The students also shared their insights regarding the truth about hiding posts, perils of unguided Facebook use to minors and creating more positive social media communities. Games and Q&A’s are also done as part of the program. The whole event lasted for 2 hours. Some highlights regarding sharing photos:

  • Only tag friends who would be interested in the image. 
  • Avoid tagging friends on photo tagging campaigns. 
  • Avoid sharing images that are in poor taste, offensive or downright gory.
  • Share only images that promote your identity as a person of integrity.

March 2, PUP Laboratory High School, Sta. Mesa, Manila…|

The theme for this film showing-seminar is “Netiquette: Know Your E-Thics”. Several short video clips were shown to 250 Freshmen about nettiquette rules, online privacy and internet safety for children. Mrs Oliver then processed the video clips into something more relevant to the young students’ lives. She explains what internet ettiquette means, its importance in using the internet, some real life examples of  using social media properly and ways to make a young internet user more surf safely online. A CNN video was shown about the perils of identity thieves to US bank account and credit card holders. While this is yet far from what the audience experience right now, it is most likely that in when they grow up, every bank transactions like payrolls and bills payment will all be done online. People in their future will no longer fall in line to ATMs and bank branches for transactions. So at this light, Mrs. Oliver reminds the students to start practicing netiquette and online safety as it is enivitable in their future. This group is led by Tamara Bernardo.

Highlights of the presentation on online identity:

  • Applies to your identity online for banks, social networks and search engines.
  • Identity Theft happens when somebody poses as you and does transactions as you. 
  • Identity Thieves also create fake user accounts of their targets such as professionals, government officials and celebrities. 
  • Online identity also applies to what search results show about your name. –Online Reputation.

Over-all, the students of both groups are taught the importance of looking after themselves and be more careful about posting contents online. In as much as websites provide security features, it is still the users’ call responsible, no matter what age they are in.