Social media linked to higher risk of depression in teen girls
by UNTV News | Posted on Saturday, 5 January 2019 10:22 AM
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LONDON (Reuters) – Teenage girls are twice as likely as boys to show depressive symptoms linked to social media use – mainly due to online harassment and disturbed sleep, as well as poor body image and lower self-esteem, researchers said on Friday.
In a study analyzing data from nearly 11,000 young people in Britain, researchers found that 14-year-old girls were heavier users of social media, with two-fifths of them using it for more than three hours a day, compared with a fifth of boys.
The study also found that 12 percent of light social media users and 38 percent of heavy social media users (five-plus hours a day) showed signs of having more severe depression.
When the researchers looked at underlying processes that might be linked with social media use and depression, they found 40 percent of girls and 25 percent of boys had experience of online harassment or cyberbullying. Disrupted sleep was reported by 40 percent of girls compared with 28 percent of boys. Anxiety and poor sleep are both linked to depression.
Girls were also more affected when it came to social media use and concerns about body image, self-esteem and appearance, the researchers found, but here the gap with boys was smaller.
Yvonne Kelly, a professor at University College London’s Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care who co-led the research, urged parents and policymakers to note its results.
“These findings are highly relevant to current policy development on guidelines for the safe use of social media and calls on industry to more tightly regulate hours of social media use for young people,” she said in a statement.
She said families may also “want to reflect on when and where it’s ok to be on social media” and consider restrictions on teenagers having mobile devices in their bedrooms.
The study, funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), was published online in the journal EClinicalMedicine on Friday.
Reporting by Kate Kelland; Editing by Robin Pomeroy
by UNTV News | Posted on Thursday, 21 March 2019 01:26 PM
Vice President Leni Robredo is calling on Congress to pass a law to strictly regulate the use of social media in the Philippines.
During an interview with reporters in Dagupan City, Pangasinan on Wednesday, Robredo stressed the need to regulate the social media, which she said is “being abused in a very negative way” and has become a tool to spread disinformation especially during election season.
She said Congress should take action to somehow control and regulate posts on various social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and even YouTube.
“Kasi kung anybody can post anonymously, ang daming nabibiktimang hindi naman dini-deserve na siraan,” she added.
Robredo said election campaigning in the country have been marred by dirty tactics through online platforms. She added that this is unfair to the people who must know the truth but also rely on social media for information.
The Vice President said she and her family have been victims of vicious attacks and fake news by propagandists on social media.
“Sometimes you can’t blame them because they think it’s true. But what is being fed to them is propaganda,” she added.
She believes the social media should also be “made accountable the way traditional media are accountable” to promote responsibility among its users.
Robredo also lamented the lack of teeth in the country’s election laws to level the political playing field.
“Halimbawa, iyong mga violators, hindi naman nakakasuhan, hindi name-make accountable, kasi wala masyadong ngipin iyong batas kaya kailangan talaga i-amend ‘yung ating election laws,: she added.
“So if we do nothing, the situation will worsen,” Robredo said, adding that it takes time to undo the damage caused by anonymous social media posts. — Robie de Guzman
by UNTV News | Posted on Thursday, 28 February 2019 08:16 AM
CEBU, Philippines – Authorities have arrested a man for using a fake social media account under the name of Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) identified the suspect as Jose Villafuerte who, in some occasions, posed as Panelo, answering questions and sending messages to politicians and businessmen to extort money.
One of the victims was Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission executive director Jose Antonio Goitia.
Goitia said Villafuerte amassed a total of P450,000 from a series of transactions.
“Sabi niya, ‘I know you wanted a position last year pero hindi mo nakuha. Siguro through a common friend, pero hindi mo nakuha,'” Goitia said quoting a conversation with the suspect.
“You will be surprised how detailed he knows. Halimbawa my friend, I won’t mention the name, another Asec., siguro nag-u-usap din sila. Siguro akala din noong ibang mga friends namin na siya (Panelo) rin iyon,” he explained further.
The suspect allegedly was using a number of identification cards to lobby his scheme.
NBI Special Task Force Chief Gerald Geralde said, “During the entrapment operation, we seized and recovered in his possession various identification cards bearing different names which he used in his trade. Ginagamit niya para mag-withdraw ng pera sa mga remittances centers.”
The suspect admitted to the crime but argued that he was forced to do it over money and apologized for using the name of Secretary Panelo.
“Humihingi ho ako ng tawad kay Sec. Salvador Panelo sa nangyari. Kung saan man po ako makapunta nito, madala po ako sa Muntinlupa ay maluwag sa loob ko pong tatanggapin iyong parusa po sa akin,” Villafuerte said.
Villafuerte is now facing charges of computer-related identity theft, obstruction of justice, unlawful use of alias among other forms of forgery filed against him.
The NBI, however, dropped the estafa case against Villafuerte as those involved preferred not to push the charges anymore.
“Iyong ibang biktima natin nahihiya (na). Some are businessmen and others are government officials. So, they refuse to cooperate with the investigation,” Geralde said.
For his part, Panelo said the public should be vigilant against swindlers like Villafuerte.
“This should serve a warning to all that the law will always catch up on you, people who misrepresent and commit fraud. And of course, also caution to those subject of deceit to be more careful,” Panelo concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)
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