Internet onboard ships has been the single biggest game changer for seafarers around the world. However, it requires a clear understanding of positive and constructive behaviour and awareness to protect oneself online.
’Crew Welfare Management and Mental Wellness’’ INTERTANKO refers to ‘cyber wellness’ which is actually the positive wellbeing of internet users.s such, in the second edition of ’
Cyber wellness also ties into the general concept of wellness for all seafarers and involves an understanding of healthy online behaviour and awareness of how to use the internet and mobile devices responsibly whilst onboard a vessel. Accordingly, INTERTANKO provides advice and recommendations on promoting seafarers’ cyber wellness.
The 3 key principles of cyber wellness
- ‘Respect for self and others’
- ‘Safe and responsible use’
- ‘Manage non-work screen time’.
6 Golden Rules for proper use of social media
Issued by INTERTANKO, the following general rules can help seafarers use social media, whilst avoiding its many pitfalls
#1 Never publish inaccurate information.
#2 If you are unsure of the accuracy of your comments, do not publish them.
#3 If you are talking about your workplace online, always ensure that you have made it clear any statements are your own.
#4 Avoid violating the privacy of your fellow seafarers and co-workers.
#5 Only post online what you would be comfortable saying to people in person or in public.
#6 Never use social media as a platform to harm, intimidate, insult, threaten, defame or embarrass others.