On-the-Job: #ThinkB4UClick

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

IT WAS just a social network, a way of connecting people from the different parts of this world, but as I said it “was”.

It has been an addiction, a part of people’s everyday lives, and basically it had been included to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, at the bottom.

Seven billion of human beings live in this round world and with that number almost half of it has a Facebook, Twitter, Google and even Instagram accounts.

Facebook. It allows anyone of all ages to create a free account in one click away. One can now freely make and add friends to anyone in this globe, take pictures and then upload it and tag friends, gain likes and receive comments from different virtual people you know, share “what’s on your mind”, like and share ideas and the worst of all, because it is public and anytime we can hack and block accounts, you make fun to anyone you want, and this is the saddest part, making fun and distorting information.

With that number of FB users, do we know how many of those discern filtering? How many of those understand the concept of privacy? Do we know how many of those know thinking before clicking? Perhaps we should and we should learn how to be media literate.

Being media literate is being able to understand the information is being fed and delivered. Being media literate is being able to properly disseminate information you know and being able to filter information and understand the idea of privacy.

People had come to abuse their freedom to say anything and do anything they want thru the internet. And Facebook has become an arena of bullying and slapstick entertainment

It has become the negative of what it is supposed to be. It has become a social issue that distorted the beauty of social networking which is supposed to be a good channel of information.

Eliminating Facebook or the cybercrime law is not a solution. Media Literacy and responsible use of social media is the answer.

Think before clicking, that it would not distort the information being laid, the thought that is being delivered.

Think before clicking that it would not probably be misinterpreted.

Think before clicking that you are sharing a thought that is worth reading to.

Think before clicking that it would not create conflicts to others.

Let us try to be responsible with our use in social media because the next thing we know, that piece of information or thought we shared could be used against us.

Let us know how important privacy is because the next thing you know, that piece of information becomes a public consumption and worst, what is used-to-be a rumor becomes a fact. And we don’t like that.

This is never new; a campaign in responsible usage of social media was made three years ago by the GMA network. It’s not too late, don’t just spread the hashtag we know but be the change too. (Vaneza Kimilat)

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On the Job are articles written by students who are with Sun.Star Davao for their internship program. Vaneza is a student of the Mindanao State University-Marawi.

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