CfS Social Networking MS

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CfS Social Networking MS

  1. 1. Social Networking & Internet Safety Carolina Friends School January 30, 2008 Sharon Guillory & Matthew Ross
  2. 2. Social Networking Online communities for people who share backgrounds/interests. Provide interactive tools such as email, blogging, discussion groups, chat, file sharing, etc. Provide groups catering to special interests and other common bonds such as geographic area, schools, clubs.
  3. 3. Popular sites Myspace.com - 289 million registered users - Minimum age - 14 Facebook.com - 73.5 million registered users - Minimum age - 13 Xanga.com - 40 million registered users - Minimum age - 13 source: http://en.wikipedia.com/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites
  4. 4. Age Restrictions???
  5. 5. User Privacy MySpace - Users can make profiles private, many users don’t - Information leaks out anyway via search feature and friends’ posts Facebook - Slightly more secure than MySpace - Must be a ‘friend’ or in same Group to see profile - Open to all, but Group admission is often restricted by email address. (ex. to join a College group, user must have a valid college email address) Xanga - User blocking allows users to block certain individuals - Protected Posting and Locking features allow users to restrict access to specified individuals
  6. 6. Potential Problems CyberBullying - through Email, IM, chat rooms Exploitation by Internet predators - inappropriate online relationships - dangerous face-to-face meetings Damage to reputation - online photos can be altered and reposted - college admissions offices and prospective employers are watching!
  7. 7. Exploitation & Reputation Damage What you need to know about: Information Leaks - On purpose, both innocent & malicious - Accidental, often by friends Sources of Information Leaks: - Self - Friends - Businesses - School - Government
  8. 8. How it’s done Let’s go to the Internet and look at a few examples of Information Leaks
  9. 9. Resources Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use http://www.cyberbully.org Criddle, Linda. Look Both Ways. Redmond: Microsoft Press, 2006. Federal Bureau of Investigation - Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety http://www.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguidee.htm Federal Trade Commission http://ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/credit/freereports.shtm Free annual credit checks http://annualcreditreport.com
  10. 10. More Resources National Center for Missing & Exploited Children / Netsmartz http://www.netsmartz.org National Crime Prevention Council http://www.ncpc.org/topics/by-audience Safekids.com http://www.safekids.com Stay Safe Online http://www.look-both-ways.com Wikipedia.com http://en.wikipedia.com/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites Wired Safety http://www.wiredsafety.org

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