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  • 1. Online Social Networks MySpace @ My Middle School By Brad Fuhrer EDTL 630
  • 2. “ Each generation carves out private modes of expression that they obscure from adults.” -Kathleen Turner
  • 3. What are your student posting online about you?
  • 4. Food for thought- MySpace
    • MySpace has over 67 million members
    • 752% growth in web traffic over last year
    • Currently 2nd most visited site on the internet (just behind Yahoo)
    • 90 employees monitor the safety & security of members
    • Approxamately 2,000 sites are pulled down per week
    • July 2005, Rupert Murdoch paid $580 million for the site
    Source: ZDNet.com & Time.com
  • 5. Why is MySpace popular among teens? (my opinion- it’s all about space!)
    • Adult Space
    • Private- home
    • Controlled- work
    • Public- everywhere you put your best face forward
    • Teen Space
    • Private- MySpace?
    • Controlled- home & school
    • Public- everywhere else including the Internet
  • 6. A Teen’s Conception of “Private” Space
  • 7. MySpace is growing among teens because (again, my opinion)…
    • Teens have increasingly less access to public space to call their own (the roller rink is no more, the mall has nothing to offer, the teen center is closing)
    • Structured activities in controlled spaces are on the rise (after school activities, summer day camps, organized sports) giving them fewer opportunities to access “private” space or just “hang out”
  • 8. Successful online networks have…
    • Profiles with personal information
    • Connections with groups of similar interests
    • Variety of forms of communication and information sharing (personal web pages, blogs, discussion groups)
  • 9. Why should educators care?
    • “ The anonymity, ease of provocation, and almost infinite source of targets means the Internet is full of predators from pedophiles targeting children to serial bullies targeting anybody.”
    • - Maryland Internet Crimes Against
    • Children Task Force
  • 10. Potential Risks
    • Unsafe disclosure of information
    • Addiction
    • Risky behavior
    • Cyberbullying
    • Dangerous communities
  • 11. Danny @ MySpace A Sample Profile http://www.myspace.com/phuckuuphuckingphuck   Source: Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
  • 12. Here’s Danny’s profile…he likes poetry, plants, flowers and watching movies by the fire.
  • 13. Danny loves his country and is here for dating, serious relationships, friends and networking. So far he has 14 friends listed
  • 14. Danny has posted some pics of his tatoo’s. Says here that he is looking for a girlfriend!
  • 15. Let’s look at another web site how about … www.azsexoffender.org State of Arizona, government-operated sex offender registration site.
  • 16. Hey! There’s Danny. Surprise! His MySpace page never mentioned that he is a level 3, high-risk sex offender.
  • 17. My advice to my students
    • Never give out personal information (duh!)
    • Never post text or images you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see
    • Treat MySpace like it is Halloween (it can be kind of scary and people may not be what they appear to be)
  • 18. Food for thought- Facebook (Social Network for Colleges)
    • Over 5 million users
    • 45% of U.S. colleges represented
    • 80% penetration among students of colleges that are on the platform
    • 20,000 new members daily
    • 93% repeat usage at least once a month
  • 19. Facebook Profile
    • 15% upload photos
    • 30% list their cell phone numbers
    • 70% of job recruiters use the Internet to search for information about candidates
  • 20. In Conclusion
    • Our responsibillity as teachers is to focus on preventative education, to keep the dialog open, to listen and attempt to understand, and to reinforce what is necessary to provide a safe environment for our students to learn and grow in.