Objectives of the Presentation Define social networks Define social networking Learn at least three facts about online socializing View examples of social networking sites Learn safety tips for youth Discover the resources available for safe social networking
Idea of social networking can be traced back toAncient Greeks.Émile Durkheim and Ferdinand Tönnies foreshadowthe idea of social networks in their theories andresearch of social groups.Tönnies argued that social groups can exist aspersonal and direct social ties that either linkindividuals who share values and belief orimpersonal, formal, and instrumental social links.Durkheim gave a non-individualistic explanation ofsocial facts arguing that social phenomena arisewhen interacting individuals constitute a reality thatcan no longer be accounted for in terms of theproperties of individual actors
What is Social Networking ? Social Networking is the grouping of different people, to make connections through individuals. Such groups can be with the aim of making a network of people complete a certain task, or just to talk about a specific subject.
What are the causes of SocialNetworking? Social networking websites like Face book and MySpace are household names. They allow users to connect, communicate and share media like photos and videos. Since 1997, different patterns of demand, imitation and gradual expansion caused social networks to transform from basic, obscure sites to complex, popular ones.
Social networks are also being used by teachers and students as a communication tool. Because many students are already using a wide range of social networking sites, teachers have begun to familiarize themselves with this trend in order to leverage student interest in relation to curriculum content. Some of this includes creating chat-room forums and groups to extend classroom discussion to posting assignments, tests and quizzes, through to assisting with homework
Social Networking sites are seen by manyinstructors and educators as a frivolous, time-wasting distraction from schoolwork, Cyberbullying, cyber stalking are common cases nowa days
Social networks are being used by activists as ameans of low-cost grassroots organizing.Extensive use of an array of social networkingsites enabled organizers of the 2009 NationalEquality March to mobilize an estimated200,000 participants to march on Washingtonwith a cost savings of up to 85% per participantover previous methods. The August 2011England riots were similarly considered to haveescalated and been fuelled by this type ofgrassroots organization.
A final rise in social network use is being drivenby college students using the services tonetwork with professionals for internship andjob opportunities
Few social networks currentlycharge money for membership.SNSs are used by many companiesfor advertisements also.
Put simply, social networking is a way for oneperson to meet up with other people on the net.People use social networking sites for meetingnew friends, finding old friends, or locatingpeople who have the same problems or intereststhey have, called niche networking.More and more relationships and friendships arebeing formed online and then carried to anoffline setting. One online dating site claims that2% of all marriages begin at its site, theequivalent of 236 marriages a day. Other sitesclaim 1 in 5 relationships begin online.
Probably one of the first sites to allow forsocial interaction, forums have beenaround for a while. Forums are typicallycomprised of people with a similar interest.Users have conversations around aparticular given topic and build uprelationships with each other. They providea great deal of information about a topicand is a great way to share yourknowledge.
People like to journal, and with the internetthey wanted to share their lives more openly.Originally called web-logs, these personaljournals have advanced. Some personaljournals still exist, while other blogs discussa particular niche or interest.
Similar to blogs, this is a micro journalof what is happening right now. Thesesites can share what is going on in anindividual life or can be information theindividual wants to share. Major newsevents are now breaking online viamicro blogs. The best known micro blogis Twitter.
Social Networking Sites are known forsharing of information, in this casephotos. Users upload their pictures toPhoto Sharing Sites. Rather than havingto send individual pictures to family, yousend a single link. You can tag yourphotos with keywords related to theimage and allow people to comment.Some popular photo sharing sites areFlickr and Picasa.
YouTube is the video sharing site thatalmost everyone has seen. Videos areshared online, keywords are added sopeople can search for those terms or forthe video title. People can comment if thevideo owner allows. Like other forms ofsocial media it allows for a more personallook of the actual user.
Networking has long been touted as an assetin professional circles. Networking allows theperson to connect with people and by thoseconnections meet other professionals thatperson knows. Professional social mediaallows for that type of opportunity online.Thus if you move away from your home townyou can still remain connected to your ex-coworkers and others in your profession.Linked In is one of the top professional socialnetworking sites.
Tips for Socializing SafelyThink about how different sites work before deciding to join a site.Keep some control over the information you post.Keep vital information to yourself.Make sure your screen name doesn’t reveal too much about you.
Tips for Socializing Safely Online(continued)Post only information that you are comfortable with others seeing and knowing about you.Remember, once your information is posted, you can’t take it back. Someone can forward this information and millions of people have access.