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  • 1. MySpace, Facebook and Other Social Networking Sites
  • 2. What is a Social Networking Site?
    A social networking site is a website where individuals can set up an online profile, describe their interests, and add links to other profiles
    Generally, users are able to post personal information, including photographs, videos, and blog entries
  • 3. Social Networks
  • 4. Types of Social Networks
    1. Profile-based
    Examples = Facebook, MySpace
    2. Content-based
    Examples = Flickr
    3. Multi-user virtual environments
    Examples = Second Life, WoW
    4. Micro-blogging/presence updates
    Examples = Twitter, FourSquare
  • 5. Popularity of SNS
    The National School Boards Association study of 9 to 17 year olds found that:
    They spend almost as much time on social networking sites and other websites as they do watching television (9 hours vs. 10 hours)
    96% reported using some form of social networking technology
  • 6. Popularity of SNS
    The Pew Internet Research Group found that
    73% of 12 – 17 year olds use social networks
    (82% of 14 – 17 year olds; 55% of 12-13 year olds)
    93% of teens 12 – 17 go online
  • 7. Popularity of SNS
    Most Popular Social Network Sites (as of 10/05/10)
    #1 Facebook 550 million monthly visitors
    #2 MySpace 90.5 million monthly visitors
    #3 Twitter 89.9 million monthly visitors
    Most Popular websites overall (as of 10/05/10)
    #2 Facebook
    #10 MySpace
  • 8. Why SNS?
    Make connections
    View content and find information – topic information, videos, music, photos, etc.
    Create content and express themselves using video, music, photos, etc.
    And on and on and on . . .
  • 9. Risks
    Inappropriate content
  • 10. Safety Tips
    Teach students to keep personal information personal
    Students should never give out their
    social security number, address, phone number or family financial information
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  • 12. Safety Tips
    Talk with students about choosing user names that don’t reveal too much personal information
    It is inappropriate and dangerous for children to use their name or home town as their name
    Most user names made up of personal information are easily deciphered which can lead perpetrators to a student’s identity or location
  • 13. Safety Tips
    Advise students to be careful what information they put on their profile that is available to the public
    Pieces of information are likes pieces of a puzzle – they can allow someone to figure out a students’ name, location, etc.
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  • 16. Safety Tips
    Talk with students about only posting information that is appropriate for the entire public
    Anyone can see individual web pages including teachers, public, police, college admission officers or potential employers
    What is posted today may be harmful in the future
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  • 18. Safety Tips
    Discuss protecting other persons’ information by not posting anything without that persons’ permission
    Students should also check their friends’ profiles to see what’s posted there
  • 19. Social Networks & Privacy
    Most afford varying levels of privacy
    Only people that you choose can see your information
    Restrict visibility to registered members or members of certain groups
    Public – everyone can see your information
    Many social networking sites allow some sort of customization of privacy
  • 20. Facebook Privacy and Minors
    Until their 18th birthday, minors:
    Don’t have public search listings created for them
    Visibility of their information is limited to friends of friends and networks, even if they chose to make it available to everyone
    * Does not apply to name, profile picture, gender and networks, which are visible to everyone so real world friends can recognize them
  • 21. Safety Tips
    Encourage students to customize the privacy settings available rather than accepting the default settings
    Many times the default settings allow too much information to be shared publicly
  • 22. Facebook “Recommended” Settings
  • 23. My Customized Settings
  • 24. MySpace Privacy Settings
  • 25. Safety Tips
    Students should be aware that posting inappropriate photos could lead to damaged reputations and unwanted attention
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  • 28. Safety Tips
    Remind students that once information is posted online and deleted or modified, the original will never be completely deleted
    Older versions can exist on someone else’s computer
  • 29. Safety Tips
    Warn students against adding strangers as friends– people are not always who they say they are
    Students should not add people as “friends” unless they know for sure who the person is
  • 30. Safety Tips
    Talk with students about respecting other people online
    Students shouldn’t say anything online that they wouldn’t say face-to-face
  • 31. Safety Tips
    Encourage students to not respond to mean or harassing messages
    Students should learn to ignore these messages and block or delete the person who sent them
    Encourage students to speak with a trusted adult if the harassment continues
    Inform students to save the messages as they could be used as evidence in determining if school policy or a criminal law has been broken
  • 32. Blocking Someone on Facebook
    Located on the upper right portion of your profile page
  • 33. Blocking Someone on Facebook
  • 34. Blocking Someone on Facebook
  • 35. Blocking Someone on Facebook
    Located on the bottom left portion of the person’s Facebook profile page
  • 36. Blocking Someone on Myspace
    Usually located underneath profile picture
    Located on bottom of profile page
  • 37. Blocking Someone on Myspace
  • 38. Tips for Facebook
    Control what’s public
    Your friend’s list is public by default
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  • 40. Tips for Facebook
    Protect Your Photos
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  • 42. Tips for Facebook
    Protect Yourself from Applications
    Many applications share your personal information with others
    The Wall Street Journal reported that ten of Facebook’s most popular applications share user’s personal information – three of those were also found to share user’s friend’s information (10/18/10)
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  • 46. Tips for Facebook
    Keep your friends from sharing your information
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  • 49. Tips for MySpace
    Private profiles
    Every profile has the option of being private
    This means that only you and those you have added and approved as friends can see the details of your profile, including your blog, photos, interests, etc.
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  • 52. Tips for MySpace
    Pre-approve your comments
    The default setting for comments on MySpace profiles does not require comments to be approved prior to appearing on your profile
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  • 55. Tips for MySpace
    Block another user
    If a user that you do not know or want to interact with contacts you, you have the ability to block them from future contact
    Also, if you feel this person may be a threat to yourself or others, immediately notify a trusted adult or law enforcement and report the user to MySpace through the ‘Contact MySpace’ link at the bottom of every page
  • 56. Blocking Someone on Myspace
    Usually located underneath profile picture
    Located on bottom of profile page
  • 57. Blocking Someone on Myspace
  • 58. Tips for MySpace
    Change the “Online Now” status icon
    Turn off the ‘online now’ status icon so other users can’t see when you’re on the site and when you’re not
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  • 60. SNS Privacy Policies
    Make sure you read the privacy policy of the SNS you are joining or have already joined to know what information is being shared
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  • 62. Excerpt from Facebook’s Privacy Policy
    “Some of the content you share and the actions you take will show up on your friends’ home pages and other pages they visit.
    If another user tags you in a photo or video or at a place, you can remove the tag.  You can also limit who can see that you have been tagged on your profile from your privacy settings.
    Even after you remove information from your profile or delete your account, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent it has been shared with others, it was otherwise distributed pursuant to your privacy settings or it was copied or stored by other users.
    You understand that information might be reshared or copied by other users.
    Certain types of communications that you send to other users cannot be removed, such as messages.
    When you post information on another user’s profile or comment on another user’s post, that information will be subject to the other user’s privacy settings.
    If you use an external source to publish information to Facebook (such as a mobile application or a Connect site), you should check the privacy setting for that post, as it is set by that external source.”
  • 63. Find out what you are sharing on Facebook
  • 64. Find out what you are sharing on Facebook
  • 65. Other Sites
    Allows people around the world to see each other and chat via text or audio.
    Users can click “next” to skip from person to person, never knowing what the next image will be
    Children could be exposed to violent and sexual images
  • 66. Other Sites
    Another site where users interact via unmoderated live Webcam chats
    Again, children can be exposed to inappropriate material
    Stickam's privacy policy suggests that the video content that users post to the site can be recorded, repurposed, and commercialized by anyone
  • 67. Other Sites
    Hot or Not
    Users can upload photos and have them rated
    Sometimes this is used to cyberbully or harass someone
    Children can be exposed to inappropriate content
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  • 69. Other Sites
    Can link to Facebook and Twitter profile which allows you to invite online friends to ask questions or post comments, without having to identify themselves
    Comments and questions go into private mailbox, where user can ignore, delete or answer them – only answered questions are posted
    Users can choose not to accept anonymous questions but that doesn’t always happen
  • 70. Other Sites
    Allows users to anonymously ask questions for others to publicly answer
    Anonymity is what draws people – users can anonymously tell someone how they feel about them or something they feel they should know
    Can ask questions that would otherwise be too embarrassed to ask – BUT, they can also fill a user’s inbox with hate mail, harassment or other inappropriate statements