Concern over ‘shifting’ Facebook pages

A WORRYING trend of college “shifting” pages has taken over social networking site Facebook.

The pages, which appear to have been set up by students, show fellow students “shifting”, a word often used for kissing, and carrying out various acts of foreplay. The sites urge students to upload, tag and identify the people carrying out the acts.

Pages have been created for colleges including Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, NUI Maynooth, UCD, University of Limerick, UCC and Sligo IT.

The NUI Galway Shifting Page, which has almost 6,000 fans, has written in its description: “Shifting Galore — Please post your shifting pics!! We want to identify as many people as possible in the posted photos... so if you recognise people then comment or tag!!” The homepage picture shows a girl with her hand in the jeans of a male who is kissing her.

NUI Galway vice president and welfare officer Emma Conway said the pages are cause for concern.

“I’d be concerned about people who would get upset seeing someone they’re really into on the page kissing someone else and that would cause undue stress to someone. It’s pictures of people kissing so that’s not necessarily worrying, what might be worrying for some people is that they find someone that they’re going out with kissing someone else on it.”

She said students must be careful of what is uploaded on social networking sites, particularly when it comes to applying for jobs: “They should be cautious of what’s put up on social media because anyone would be able to spot them and I mean anyone.”

She said that students who are offended by images posted of them should report to Facebook. “I’m sure it would be worrying for them [students] caught tagged in a shifting picture on Facebook but it’s up to them to de-tag themselves from it and if the picture is up on Facebook they can report it or they can give out to the friend who put it up in the first place.”


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